Carousel, an award winning arts organisation, inspires people with learning disabilities to achieve their artistic ambitions. Our work is recognised internationally for its high quality and unique approach prioritising the creativity of learning disabled people supporting them to take control of their arts lives.
Carousel has 28 years of experience in managing arts projects by and for people with a learning disability
Significant achievements include:
- Developing support systems to enable artists with a learning disability to manage their own artistic and cultural work across all of Carousel’s projects, leading workshops and accredited training courses and providing powerful role models.
- Establishing the Oska Bright Film Festival, the original and only film festival run by and for people with a learning disability
- Successfully touring Oska Bright across the UK, Eire, Canada and Europe
- Partnering Glyndebourne and South East Dance to deliver a Rock Opera fusion event, bringing together all of the artistic strands of Carousel’s work and touring it across the region
- Working in partnership with West Sussex Arts Partnership to roll out our Blue Camel Clubs across West Sussex, training District Council Arts Development Officers to event manage the clubs with local organisations ensuring the long term sustainability of these clubs
- Partnership with Brighton University to set up an access to the arts course for people with a learning disability in further and higher education
- Nine years of touring original dance theatre performances by High Spin across the UK
A three year collaboration with an organisation in Dieppe to make a joint film and a joint dance piece. The dance piece And the Day After… won best dance act at the Brighton Fringe Festival Awards in 2005. This project was funded by Interreg IIIa.