Making movies with Arts Connect

A programme designed to expand arts opportunities to people with learning disabilities in East Sussex has seen a group of participants getting a shot at movie making.

Since the end of February a group of 15 adults with learning disabilities have been taking part in a film making course at the De La Warr Pavilion (DLWP) as part of a specially devised Arts Connect course from Culture Shift.

Catherine Orbach, Co-Director at Culture Shift, said the 10 week course proved very popular with participants from Bexhill, and the surrounding area, adding: “There are many film enthusiasts in the group and for most this is a first opportunity to actually make films.

“The course has also incorporated a visit to the exhibition at the DLWP and walks around the seafront to explore potential film locations.”

Many of those taking part will have the chance to achieve an Arts Award, a nationally recognised accreditation as part of the programme.

Catherine added: “The course is led by experienced film maker Nick Pilton and Culture Shift’s Julia Roberts and supported by a fantastic group of volunteers, recruited locally and through the University of Brighton.”

The group will be sharing the seven films they made at the Birley Centre in Eastbourne as part of a wider celebration of Arts Connect.

Arts Connect is a programme devised by Culture Shift to expand the arts opportunities available to people with learning disabilities in East Sussex.

It is commissioned by East Sussex County Council and supported by participating arts organisations such as the DLWP.

Stewart Drew, Director, DLWP, said: “It’s wonderful to be working with Culture Shift and to be supporting the Arts Connect programme. DLWP is interested in widening its access by working with a range of partners to see where we can use cultural experiences to aid personal development, health and wellbeing.

“My experiences of the Arts Connect project is that the participants are really engaged and enjoying the film course, stimulated by artists, the DLWP, and the town.

“Their films are also very impressive and I hope that we can show some on our video channel.”

“Culture Shift are doing some fantastic work within the region, and we will continue support and develop projects with them in the future.”

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