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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.


  • Lewes station – Tues 11th Feb 2020, 11am-2pm 
  • Seaford station -Tues 25th Feb 2020, 11am-2pm 
  • Eastbourne station – Tues 10th March 2020, 11am-2pm  

Culture Shift and the Sussex Community Rail Partnership are working together on a brand new Arts Connect project called GET INTO TRAINS to offer people a chance to travel by train and create artwork inspired by what they see, experience and learn about our local train stations.   Find out how to register for these FREE sessions here:


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

We are working on creating more Get Connected events across East & West Sussex for 2020. If you would like to keep up to date sign up to our mailing list!

See more images from Get Connected events.


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.

See more images from Get Creative courses.


Get Into Heritage increases access to heritage for people with learning disabilities in Sussex.  Recently, 3 courses ran over 5 weeks,  led by an arts practitioner working closely with heritage staff. Each course offered creative ways to explore and find out about the heritage at each site.

Find out more about Get into Heritage in 2017-18.


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.

To book your place at events or courses, please contact us by email or phone 01273 478558.

To make sure you don’t miss out on news about Arts Connect sign up to our mailing list at We’ll hang on to your details until you tell us you no longer wish to be contacted and you can unsubscribe at any time.

You can also download our evaluation summary report on Arts Connect’s work so far.

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Arts Connect is supported by the Sussex Police Community Safety Fund.