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Arts Connect creates new opportunities for learning disabled people to take part in arts activities in their communities.

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Get Connected PhotoBirley Oct 2014Get Connected events are lively, interactive networking events for learning disabled people, carers, service managers, artists & cultural organisations. We can all learn from each other and get connected.




Next events:

6 February 2017, Haywards Heath

17 March 2017, Chichester

29 March 2017, Newhaven

Eastbourne (date tbc)

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Tracey Dance Yr2Get Creative short courses offer an opportunity to try new things, meet new people and work with professional artists on exciting creative projects in drama, digital arts, music, dance, spoken word, photography, craft and making.





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These supported book groups use books, eBooks and other resources for people who find it easier to understand pictures than words. Books Beyond Words, for example, use pictures to tell stories that engage and empower people, on themes such as love and relationships, health, death and dying, and crime.

Click here to read a blog post by one of our volunteers.



Are you a person with a learning disability, interested in the arts? Would you like to help develop the Arts Connect programme?  Get in touch about joining our Ambassador group.

If you are interested in volunteering as a trainee artist get in touch to find out more.

Arts Connect was recently cited as an example of good practice in A Creative Case for Equal Opportunities. Click here to read more.

To book your place at events or courses, or make sure you are on the mailing list to receive updates, please contact Becky by email info@cultureshift.org.uk or phone 01273 478558.

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Arts Connect is kindly supported by East Sussex County Council, Arts Council England, NHS Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group, Sussex Community Foundation, and East Sussex Arts Partnership.




In progress

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Past projects

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Events and training

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