Here is the link to the final film of the Co-MmoTion with NAS project. There is an 8min documentary, followed by a 5min arts film, inspired by & involving the children…
A Space to Breathe.
The piece is the product of a year-long programme of music, dance and audio visual arts activity in partnership with the National Autistic Society (Furness branch) and Octopus Arts Collective (Barrow-in-Furness). The project was conceived and developed in collaboration with Autism specialists, educators and parents. Through Creative interventions involving sound, movement and projection the programme aimed to increase and enhance levels ofengagement/interaction in children and young people with Autism Spectrum Conditions and/or Complex Needs by creating a stimulating responsive and interactive multi-sensory space for creativity.
We have produced this short video for screening and installation alongside a palette of sounds and musical pieces used in the project and available by download to organisations and families. We also have a short documentary to sit alongside this work, providing it with context.
We feel that this project has been a success on several levels. It is unusual for groups such as NAS to commission artworks and work closely with artists and arts organisations, and the experience has been valuable for ourselves and our members, particularly the families of the young participants. While practicing artists in their own right wehave in recent years devoted a large amount of time to working with ADS groups , but had never produced a piece of artwork that drew on our experiences. NAS had never worked with artists in this way, and with the support of the Octopus Collective we have been able to present a groundbreaking programme of arts based therapy sessions alongside an accessible and informative artwork that reflects the atmosphere of the sessions, the nature of the relationships that have emerged during the project ,and provides a empathic and accessible representation of our
We and our partners feel we have a body of work and evidence that demonstrates the value of this unique partnership, and which provides a template for other organisations to adopt.
Relationships between NAS, our artists, our local authority and our local education community have also been enhanced by this project.
Within Cumbria our work has to date been presented by 2 Local Special Education Schools, and a local Day Services group working with adults with ADS, and within our region Action for ASD East Lancashire Resource Centre Burnley, and Preston Space Centre. Further events will take place at Ulverston Coronation Hall, Barrow Town Hall and we are in conversation with an ADS group in Calderdale.
RESPONSES TO ” A SPACE TO BREATHE” FROM PARTICIPATING FAMILIES, ORGANISATIONS AND AUDIENCES
“Just had a chance to watch it again properly. Love the title, A Space to Breathe, perfect description for the sessions! It was lovely to see how you made good use of the space and resources and from the looks of it, managed to make the sessions completely different for each child so their experience was unique. It was a pleasure for myself and Sam to be part of it. ”
“Good film showed what the project was about.”
“I love it. Every time we watch it i see something new. Is there any chance you could make the sound track available its so calming x ” (Yes we can, see above..)
“Brilliant! Certainly showcases your work, shows how versatile you are and how much the kids enjoy it ”
“Beautiful, moving, sensitive. Loved the listening/mirroring in the documentary . Great work !”
“It was really interesting to see the work you are doing with children and young people locally. One of the participants is a neighbour of mine, and a Brownie, and it was lovely to see her involved in the project. She really seemed to be enjoying working with you, as did all the other children and young people.”
What a joy to see those children engaging with their family, you and their surroundings. Well done. Love the documentary and the arts film has a real ethereal quality to it.
Here’s the doc in its original form on its own..
“That was lovely to watch, I have finished it feeling all calm and relaxed.”
Looks good. The kids seem to be really engaging with it Smiling face with smiling eyes
“What a lovely film – It’s one thing when you are told about something but another when you see it in action, I’m really impressed! It made me feel quite emotional watching how well the children responded to the music and dance/movement (and that means you and Fitz). Very well done! I do hope you can get further funding, it’s such a worthwhile project.”
“Thank you for sharing ..wonderful!”
“I have watched your film and was struck by how some of your aims match with ours at Space, namely allowing the child to take the lead and also using the power of light and sound to affect mood and motivation.”
“great you are out there doing this.”
While this is a conclusion of sorts, we will be continuing to develop our work, exploring further options and picking up on the many connections established during this project. We’ve just had a call from a student from Barrow In Furness Sixth Form College who is embarking on a project involving art, music and therapy, and we’ll be offering whatever support we can. If you’ve been interested, moved, inspired by anything you’ve heard, seen or read about our work or Furness NAS and our other partners in the region please contact us, please contact us.
In the meantime, watch and share A SPACE TO BREATH and please do let us know what you think!
Our thanks to our participants and their families and to our supporters.