UPDATE, 13 MARCH 2020: Following a conversation with Tate, we are sorry to let you know that I Am At Tate Exchange Festival will not be going ahead as planned from 24th 28th March. This means that this event has also been cancelled.
This has been a very difficult decision to make, and we understand this will be a huge disappointment for everyone involved, however, in light of recent developments and updated government guidance around Coronavirus, our primary concern is for the welfare of festival attendees.
We would like to thank all of the students, teachers and partners involved in planning the festival for all of their hard work, and everyone who has booked a place at a festival event for their interest.
We will be in conversation with the Tate Exchange team to discuss how and when we can revisit the programme at a later point, and will keep you updated about this.
The first part of this INSET will focus on the ways that Corali supports people with a learning disability to access contemporary art. Making direct use of the Tate collection, and I Am At Tate Exchange Festival, teachers will be led through tasks that empower the young people they work with to make their own creative choices. The session will make use of Coralis cross-art form methods that will open up ways of mark-making, movement and creative writing as a way to enjoy art.
Coralis practice has been informed by their work in special educational needs schools, and they are excited to share methods shaped by teachers, with teachers.
The afternoon will be led by Flute Theatre, who will be introducing their unique method of working with children and young people on the autism spectrum. The Hunter Heartbeat Method is a series of sensory drama games based on the essence of Shakespeare, created by Kelly Hunter MBE, for people with autism.
Teachers will learn kinaesthetically by playing games with Kelly and the actors, whilst also getting a basic understanding of the methodology behind the games. By the end of the session, teachers will have learnt a number of tried and tested games and activities that they can put to use in their classrooms immediately.
This event is suitable for teachers and teaching assistants working in London SEND schools and SENCOs from mainstream schools. We regret that this session is not open to colleagues from cultural organisations or freelancers working with schools.
About Corali Dance
Corali is a leader in dance created by artists with a learning disability.
Their work stems from collaboration and explores the relationship between dance and other artforms and between professional and participatory practice.
Corali has developed a methodology that stems from the creative and artistic talents of the people with a learning disability that we work with. Over our 30-year existence, we have also formed key partnerships with London art galleries, such as Tate, Whitechapel, and Bethlem.
About Flute Theatre
Kelly Hunter MBE has been working with teachers and with young people who are deaf, disabled and neurodiverse for the last twenty years in the UK and across the world. With her company, Flute Theatre, they offer their specialised workshops embracing language and disability, responding to the needs of the group.
Flute is a true ensemble: a group of pioneering actors led by Kelly Hunter, pushing the boundaries of Shakespeare performance for audiences across the world including those with autism.
This event is part of I Am At Tate Exchange Festival a unique festival celebrating the creativity of D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse children and young people, taking place at Tate Modern from 24-28 March.