Parklife

Last Friday we paid a visit (again!) to a Yorkshire Park – this time it was Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

For a day’s fun with art, it really is hard to beat the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP).

Set in a landscaped garden laid out in the eighteenth century, it’s a place to wander, discover and be amazed – and so it was for our clients.

One thing they especially enjoyed was imitating the sculptures around them to create innovative photographs. Some of the sculptures were very fun indeed, some had spiritual connotations, some were colourful and others were tactile. All were unique in one way or another, which meant that there was always something new and different to look at.

Sculpture, when it’s in a gallery can sometimes be a bit bewildering or hard to understand. When it’s set in a park like the YSP it certainly becomes more interesting and intriguing. Thank you to the YSP for giving our clients a day to remember.

Hoodwinked

A group of Pelham Road clients have been on a free sculpture trail in Nottingham.

The tales of Robin Hood’s cloak and dagger exploits to outwit the Sheriff of Nottingham are famous worldwide.

The Hoodwinked trail is a mischievous modern-day twist on these stories of camouflage and cunning. Hoodwinked sees him outwitting the Sheriff again. Robin is everywhere . . . and apparently nowhere.

The Robin sculptures are in plain sight but masquerading in coats of many colours, designed individually by different artists. Will the Sheriff spot Robin . . . or will he be Hoodwinked?

The sculptures will be auctioned on 18 October to raise money for Nottinghamshire Hospice. In the meantime, we’ll keep you abreast of all our discoveries until the trail ends on 30 September!

Oh Yes They Did!

On Wednesday a group of clients went to the Nottingham Playhouse to see a performance of the Pantomime, Cinderella.

It may be coming towards the end of the run but for the clients it was a great experience! There were lots of jokes, dancing, music and drama. We were made to feel especially welcome by some of the adjustments made, as the performance was specially designed for people with additional needs including Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome to enjoy.

A visual story with widgit signs had kindly been created by the Playhouse with the help of Nottingham Mencap. It included a fantastic guide to the storyline which helped our clients understand the plot.

Support Worker Elle said “It was a really fun experience and well worth going to!” Our client Jake said “Cinderella was a wonderful show…it was entertaining and we had fun singing along with the crowd and shouting IT’S BEHIND YOU!”

Thanks to Nottingham Playhouse for a lovely time.