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UoC: Step Up Step Forward - Inclusive Arts and University Partnerships

Date: July 5th, 10:00-16:30

Prism Arts and the University of Cumbria Institute of Arts (UOC) are delivering a Symposium event on Tuesday 5 July at the UOC Institute of Arts, Brampton Road Campus in Carlisle.

The voices of learning disabled and autistic artists are largely absent from higher education institutions making removing barriers to inclusive teaching and learning difficult to achieve.

Prism Arts and the University of Cumbria (UoC) Institute of the Arts have partnered to address this and test routes for Prism Arts’ artists to develop and produce artwork at the University and in turn form a richer learning environment for all.

Prism Arts and UOC will share the findings of ‘Step Up’ a two-year progression project funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Through an active, accessible, and exciting programme of creative workshops and presentations, we will demonstrate how learning disabled and autistic artists can access learning opportunities and develop as artists in higher education settings.

We will also be welcoming to Carlisle, nationally recognised arts organisations including Access All Areas, Brighton Rocket Artists, Mind the Gap and Heart n Soul, who will present their experience of working within inclusive arts and higher education.


This is a fantastic opportunity for you and your colleagues to:

  • expand knowledge
  • share best practice
  • discover new opportunities
  • network
  • be part of the conversation

Tickets cost

  • £50 for organisations.
  • £20 for freelance artists and individuals.
  • £5 for students and the unemployed.

(Places are strictly limited and sold on a first-come-first-served basis. Please note Eventbrite will add a small booking fee).


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