Developing Digital Arts by People with Profound Disabilities

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  • Tutorial Statement (‘Seminar’)

    This project aims to nurture artistic talent in six young people with profound physical disabilities, drawing together computer arts technology with control and communication devices.

    Funded by the Arts Council, the project is managed by South Downs NHS Trust and Lighthouse, and is based at Chailey Heritage Clinical Services. Digital artists Malcolm Buchanan-Dick, David Prytherch and Kate Adams worked alongside the project participants, establishing as far as possible independent production and operation of equipment.

    The seminar will explore the work and key concepts of the Project, assessing the interesting and unexpected results that emerged, assess the potential of digital technology in facilitating self expression and creative practice and discuss the practical difficulties involved when assessing creative potential, despite complex disability and physical restriction.