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Natalie and Craig Drama Yr2


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

Join our mailing list to receive updates on our Arts Connect programme and other opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

Download our evaluation summary report on Arts Connect’s work so far.


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:

Chichester Festival Theatre 2 March 2018

Get Connected events are also coming up in Haywards Heath and Worthing in the Spring – more details soon.

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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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Get Into Heritage aims to increase access to heritage for people with learning disabilities in Sussex with a view to developing sustainable relationships to support future visits and activity.  Courses are run over 5 weeks and are led by an arts practitioner working closely with heritage staff at each site. Each course will offer creative ways to explore and find out about the heritage at each site.

We launched this programme with a very successful course at Wakehurst Place in November 2017, kindly supported by Kew Royal Botanical Gardens and their learning support team.

Next courses:

Birling Gap 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 March

Weald and Downland Living Museum 12, 19, 26 April, 3 & 17 May 2018


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 Elli by email or phone 01273 478558.

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Arts Connect is supported by West Sussex County Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, Sussex Community Foundation, Eastbourne County Council, Wealden District Council.