Arts Access Online Arts & Culture - Festival Edition

Online Arts and Culture Festival Edition

Please scroll down to view each section, or click on the individual links below to jump straight to that section. Content below available until 30th September. 

Art Festival – Around the City  Book Festival 2020 – Themes & Accessible Talks  Int. Festival Out and About  Int. Festival Online (Theatre) | Int. Festival Online (Classical Music)  |  Int. Festival Online (Contemporary Music)  |  Int. Festival Online (Traditional Music)  |  Int. Festival Online (Opera)   |  Int. Festival Online (Dance) 


Black Lives Matter Mural Trail – 3 new chapters of the Black Lives Matter Mural Trail – a public trail of artworks by Scottish artists in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. (Free)


Book Festival - Themes and Accessible Talks

Explore Themes from the 2020 EIBF’s online programme, including: Africa: A Balance of Stories, Made in Scotland, The Power of Poetry and more! (Free)


Access BSL talks from this year’s programme. (Free)


Access captioned talks from this year’s programme. (Free)


Access events which are learning disability friendly from this year’s programme. (Free)


Chamber Music Soundscapes in Princes Street Gardens these exquisite sounds will be relayed to speakers scattered across Princes Street Gardens, livening up lunchtime for listeners.


My Light Shines On: Ghost Light by Hope Dickson Leach the National Theatre of Scotland performs a poetic tribute to the art of theatre-making on an empty stage at the Festival Theatre. (Free) (Captioned – Audio Described video available)


Traverse Theatre Company’s Declan a brand new take on the Traverse Theatre’s 2019 hit production Mouthpiece about class, culture and appropriation. Through film footage, animation and audio, the audience are placed in the protagonist’s shoes, to show Edinburgh as he sees it.


International Festival Online - Classical Music

My Light Shines On: Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2 with SCO & Paul Lewis one of the world’s finest Beethoven interpreters celebrates the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. (Free)


My Light Shines On: Mahler & Lieder with RSNO & Karen Cargill Scottish mezzo soprano Karen Cargill joins the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Thomas Søndergård for an uplifting programme of Mahler. (Free)


Classical Music Archives Performances: The Queen’s Hall Series a selection of chamber concerts and recitals are broadcast on BBC Radio 3 for International Festival audiences to enjoy at home. (Free)


Classical Music Archives Performances: The Usher Hall Series a selection of concerts are broadcast on BBC Radio 3 for International Festival audiences to enjoy at home. (Free)


Edinburgh Festival Chorus: Carmina Burana from their own homes, over 120 chorus members have rehearsed and recorded themselves singing two movements of Orff’s thrilling Carmina Burana. The resulting recordings and videos have then been carefully mixed together by a dedicated sound engineer and film editor to recreate the unmistakable grandeur of ‘O Fortuna’ and optimistic energy of ‘Ecce Gratum’ in all their richness. (Free)


Festivals for Compassion Nikita Naumov performs a specially composed solo to mark the Edinburgh International Festival’s solidarity with festivals across Europe. (Free)


Lawrence Power & Esa-Pekka Salonen: Lockdown Commissions violist Lawrence Power commissions world-leading composers to create new works for him to perform. (Free)


International Festival - Contemporary Music

My Light Shines On: Honeyblood Glasgow’s slacker-rock legend performs an intimate set for film at Leith Theatre. (Free) (Captioned video)


Les Amazones D’Afrique: A Virtual Live Performance celebrated West African supergroup Les Amazones d’Afrique combines international stars, local heroes and up-and-coming musicians in this special broadcast performance (Free)


International Festival - Traditional Music

My Light Shines On: Aidan O’Rourke, Rachel Sermanni, Bashir Saade, Graeme Stephen, Brighde Chaimbeul a collection of musicians with long connections to the city. The performance includes stripped-back solos and new collaborations. (Free) (Captioned video)


My Light Shines On: Breabach one of Scotland’s most imaginative contemporary folk groups?perform a high energy set of traditional songs and original compositions, recorded at Leith Theatre.??(Free) (Captioned video)


International Festival - Opera

My Light Shines On: The Telephone by Gian Carlo Menotti an opera in a single act, written for two singers and a hand-picked chamber ensemble, brings together piquant humour with sly nods to the classics of grand opera. (Free) (Captioned video – Audio Described video coming soon)


International Festival - Dance

My Light Shines On: An Evening with Scottish Ballet the International Festival celebrates their long-standing relationship with Scottish Ballet with an expansive programme for film, including three duets from world-leading choreographers. (Free) (Captioned video – Audio Described video coming soon)


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Cherry Road - Colouring in Book

Cherry Road Colouring in Book

We’ve come up with a fun bit of art that you can do at home. We turned portraits of the staff at Cherry Road into a colouring book for one of the residents and want you to join in. Download the book here or the individual sheets below by right-clicking and saving to your computer – they’re A4 sized – and print them off at home if you can. If you look on the cover you’ll see loads of objects you can cut out and add to your picture if you want, or get creative with your own!

We want to see your wonderful creations; you can send us a picture via email here or tag us on Instagram @artlinkedin

Click on each image below to download each individual sheet, or right-click and save to your computer; they will download as pdfs and are sized at A4. You may need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

Cherry Road Colouring in Book Download

PUBLICATION: Gail's 'Paper and Pens'

Gail's Paper and Pens

Artlink has supported Gail Keating, a retired teacher to publish two new books about what her autistic pupils taught her. 

Gail Keating, a retired teacher of students with multiple and complex needs has distilled over 30 years learning from people with autism into two volumes. Gail’s books ‘Paper and Pens’ are two illustrated volumes, one of stories and one of tools, intended as friendly supports for parents or support staff working with anyone who has autism related anxiety or requires creative communication.

“This book aims to help all of us who share the lives of those with what is called autism to learn to think differently ourselves so that they can understand us better.” 


Gail Keating

Readers will discover Gail’s stories in Volume 1 – through anonymous characters or vignettes of those she’s taught (or as she’d describe it, what they’ve taught her), and how they helped her see a different vision of the world. In Volume 2, she shares some of the tools or practical ways which helped mutual communication.

The book is for anyone who supports someone with autism or a learning disability who wants to understand more about another’s perspective.

Gail’s book is available free of charge through Midlothian libraries and is available to buy or download from the Artlink Shop. 

This work has been supported by the RS Macdonald Charitable Trust Fund and Midlothian Council Autism Strategy.

Discovery – finding meaningful activity through the senses

Discovery is a new project to design a digital resource for people with complex needs of any age to find activity to appeal to particular sensory interests. So many of the requests we receive are from parents or carers looking for personal, meaningful opportunities that allow people to connect with something that reflects who they are, and have freedom to enjoy that.

With the expertise of a software engineering team from JP Morgan’s Force for Good programme,  Artlink will create a unique directory to browse experiences from the perspective of people with particular sensory interests in Midlothian by collating knowledge suggested by parents and support teams. Working in collaboration with park rangers, community organisations and heritage facilities we will share opportunities with sensory appeal.

We aim to create a responsive web page (for phone, iPad or desktop) by Summer 2019 to allow parents or carers of people with profound and multiple learning disability to find specific experiences for those they care for.

Watch this short film – it does a better job of describing this project than words!

Discovery will to use unique local knowledge to share meaningful activity.

Where can I watch owls fly?

Where are there interesting places for someone who loves to listen? 

My daughter loves reflection – where can I find lots of mirrors?

I support someone who loves the movement of trains – where can we go? 

Supported by JP Morgan Chase, National Lottery Year of the Young Person and Midlothian Council

Report: The Ripple Effect

ripple effect

Join us at the launch of The Ripple Effect – a research project that explored new forms of collaborative arts practice that positively impact on the lives of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their care-workers.

 

We would like to invite you to hear about some of the innovative ideas and concepts presented in this report.

 

Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

 

RSVP

info@artlinkedinburgh.co.uk

0131 229 355

 

The Ripple Effect report presents the findings of a 12 month project funded by Health Improvement Scotland to explore the work of Artlink within the Cherry Road Learning Centre, and the impact of integrating art into social care in the lives of people with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD).

The research partnership involved the expertise of Dundee University academics in conducting a qualitative study and the development of recommendations for use in transforming social care. 

Lottery award celebrating young people with creative skills

Young Midlothian People with complex needs awarded Year of the Young Person National Lottery Funding.

 

£9800 from the National Lottery Year of the Young Person awards will celebrate the creative talents of young people with autism and complex needs. The project entitled Creative Directors, supported by Artlink Edinburgh, will offer one to one support for young people to direct their own community projects focused on their unique skills like acting, drumming, animation and even listening.

 

The funding will involve six amazing young people from Bilston, Penicuik, Gorebridge and Loanhead, whose untapped talents will be the focus of community activity to benefit other young people in Midlothian;

  • Lewis loves acting but there’s no local group that suited his needs and interests – he will set one up for him and his friends.
  • Jordan has recently showed huge ability for drumming and will organize a music concert for friends and family.
  • Chris has amazing listening skills but needs quiet spaces he can really tune into the sounds around him – he will work with community venues to involve him and many others with complex needs.

 

Artlink Midlothian Coordinator Kara Christine said “The project focuses on young people who have evident, but untapped talent because the youth groups or activities that exist locally aren’t always set up for people with anxieties or complex support needs. This project will put them in charge in contributing their skills to make a difference for others in Midlothian.”

Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Seona Reid, said “ This funding will help young people to make a positive change in their lives and I wish Artlink Edinburgh and Lothians every success as it works to improve young people’s health and wellbeing in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Young People.”

Common Play: Making Things Happen

As a society we no longer create social spaces naturally. Within mental health the increasing reality is isolation and the lack of opportunity for people to find meaningful and engaging ways to belong to their immediate communities.

Over the past years Artlink projects at the Glasshouses in the grounds of the Royal Edinburgh hospital, Leylines across West Lothian and Curious Routes within Edinburgh have at the heart of their studio practice the motivation to bring people together.

‘We as a group of people meet up, chat, eat, share and listen together. It allows us to creatively explore our realities of isolation, support each other and challenge the lack of meaningful opportunities that people face on a daily basis’ 

These projects become social spaces, a chance to engage and share in conversation. ‘Everyone recognises themselves in how the ideas emerge and the way we make them happen.’ Ideas develop naturally inspired by something as simple as a favourite tune, a movie that inspires a time and place, a shared memory. Common ground emerges and the inspiration to involve others is the next step.

In West Lothian’s Leylines project, Peter Johnstone brought his passion for up and coming Scottish music talent to his local community of Bathgate. ’I want people to experience music locally that they might otherwise have to travel to city centres to experience.’

Edinburgh’s Curious Routes project has been developing conversations around communal play through music and games. ‘Getting together and sharing is on our own terms, we inform our ideas from personal and lived experiences’

The Glasshouses studio is a collective group of artists who create unique projects and events that encourages participation and celebration, as one member of the collective puts it: ‘As a group we have created a safe and supportive environment to explore our ideas. We bounce ideas off one another, it encourages us to be bolder, more ambitious about how we involve others and have fun in what we create’

Over the course of this exhibition at the Tent gallery, Glasshouses, Leylines and Curious Routes will be inviting groups and the public to actively take part in workshops or just enjoy the artworks on display.

A portable ping-pong table will be open for anyone to use. No points, no rules just play. Alongside this listen to music, chat about what motivates us and how we begin to create and be in charge of our own spaces.

Music for Mental Health

Glasgow’s Life Model, Adullboy, Idkid and Mad Rodents and their unique gig for Mental Health on September 30th in Boghall, Bathgate, West Lothian. 

We held a one-off gig bringing the best of Scotland’s songwriting talent under one humble roof in West Lothian as part of our project Leylines which hosts creative connections for mental health in West Lothian.

Local resident Peter Johnstone was the power behind this grassroots event – inspired by his passion for the current vibrant Scottish music scene. ‘I wanted to bring fresh Scottish talent to a small town in West Lothian where I come from. I wanted to give others incredible live music without the need to get to the city centres. Music is helpful in so many ways, it brings us out of ourselves and is a connection with others. Creativity is a joy and an escapism’

Chris Smith from Life Model said ‘It’s important to take any opportunity to raise awareness and reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health and get more people to talk about it”

Visit the Leylines website.