Laura Dixon, the Young Persons Participation and Engagement Coordinator at KIDS tells us a little about the Flag Making workshop organised by Artlink and delivered by artist Ella Dorton for their Loud Mouths group.
“Loud Mouths is a Young Persons Engagement group for 14-25 year-olds that runs regular sessions across the year with SEND. The aim of our group is to make new friends, have fun, learn about what affects us, and to get our voices heard! In October half term we had some funding for a creative voice week. This consisted of a variety of arts workshops. One of our main sessions was a flag making workshop facilitated by Ella.
This was fantastic. We had short workshops across the week with the ultimate end goal of creating a flag to display. We began the week by discussing the theme of the art work and what we would like our overall message to be. This began a great conversation about our own disabilities and how we express ourselves. This enriching conversation and passion for disability rights has translated beautifully in to the overall artwork. We all had so much fun during the workshop, and it allowed us to take ownership of the work we were doing to really make it personal to us. We also loved playing around with the different materials! Having the opportunity to talk about our disability in creative ways such as this is so important and has been an incredibly valuable experience for us.
The young people are extremely proud of the work they have done and we have received ‘Excellent’ feedback from the whole week. The flag has already proved to be a great conversation starter – not only amongst the young people, but amongst professionals and staff members, as well. The great experience we had and fantastic work we can keep and reflect on will definitely be a big talking point for a long time.”