Abstract Playground

Just before Christmas we had the wonderful opportunity to see the interactive exhibition Abstract playground by artist Will Hurt. The exhibition was at LEVEL near Matlock and gave us the chance to experience, engage with and best of all play with digital artworks. Well worth checking out if you get the chance!

Deck the Halls

We’ve held off for as long as possible, but we can’t contain ourselves any longer… Christmas really is coming! As you can see from the photos, the festive fun is in full swing at our Mansfield Woodhouse site as we start to deck the halls, trim the tree and turn Grove Street into our very own grotto. Seasonal shenanigans will continue for some time, especially as we are open for the Christmas period this year, so check back for more festive frolics whilst you warm your toes by the fire!

Body as Canvas Workshops

We are lucky to have a good relationship with the team at the New Art Exchange and for and we’ve
taken part in a couple of their Body As Canvas Workshops previously. The workshops are seasonal creative sessions for adults with learning and physical disabilities. Sessions are led by collaborators, experienced artists and support workers from LEVEL, a Matlock based arts space.

This workshop was based on the NAE’s current main gallery exhibition, Africa State of Mind, a group show featuring the works of African Photographers. The exhibition explores themes of identity and place, with images focusing on the urban environment in African countries and how a new generation of Africans are expressing themselves.

Poppin’ Portraits

We do some great creative projects here at Space, and a recent one that caught our eye has been happening at our Pelham Road site. Using the style of artist Julian Opie as inspiration,
our folks have been creating their own portraits using Opie’s characteristic thick black outlines and solid colours. Space clients have been recognising the simplified facial features and characteristics and producing some fantastic work.

A Walk in the Woods

Autumn is always a super time to take a walk, the changing colour of the leaves, the cold crisp weather, woolly jumpers and a nice hot drink at the end… Our folks in Mansfield Woodhouse are in a perfect spot too, with some lovely countryside and forest walks right on their doorstep. A recent five mile (good work guys!) stroll around Sherwood Forest (stopping by to see the Major Oak of course) included a chance sighting of some very handsome fly agaric mushrooms. As they are toxic hands were kept firmly in pockets, and unfortunately there were no sightings of pixies on this occasion… Maybe next time..!

We’re going to have a wild time!

We’re pleased to say that a group of clients at Space Inclusive will be taking part in 30 Days Wild!

The Wildlife Trusts want to help us do something wild every day for 30 days. We’ve signed up online to receive a free inspirational pack to help us ‘go wild’.

Whether you take time out to simply smell a wildflower, listen to birdsong, explore a local wild place or leave a part of your garden to grow wild for a month, there are plenty of great activities to do. This year, The Wildlife Trusts are aiming to inspire people to carry out one million Random Acts of Wildness, listing 101 fun and intriguing ideas online to get you started. It’s all about making nature part of your life for 30 days – and feeling happier, healthier and more connected to nature.

We’re certainly looking forward to telling you about all the fabulous activities we will be doing during June!

3 Things we did in November

In a new monthly online feature we look at three different activities we enjoyed doing this month.

  1. We visited Sneinton Market Square and observed the graffiti work there, taking some fun and expressive photos as we did so. We will be creating a dance piece inspired by street art around Nottingham, so watch this space!
  2. We made some fantastic hand-crafted Christmas cards, some of which will go on sale at our upcycling shop Spacecraft.
  3. A group led by our Support Worker, Levi, took some high quality Autumnal photos of our garden at Pelham Road. Great, aren’t they?

James

James has been attending Space Inclusive since November 2014. To see the immense progress he’s made you simply have to look at what aims he and his parents had when he started.

His parents wanted him to be able to travel independently, especially to places he hadn’t been before. Whilst living with his Mum and Dad, they wanted him to lead as independent a life as possible, to be able to plan and cook simple meals and manage his money.

When you look at his achievements, he’s gone above and beyond what his parents wanted in many ways.

James has volunteered for a charity shop – the Marie Curie store in Bulwell. He’s made and prepared loads of fab food in the kitchen at Pelham Road. He’s started handling money independently, purchasing lunch from a shop every Friday. Whether it’s playing sport, gardening or art projects, James always gives 100%.

Perhaps the most marked difference is in travel. When James started at Space Inclusive he would travel by taxi. Today, he is confident in travelling on the bus by himself!

Senior Support Worker Brie is understandably delighted at the progress James has made. “I am very proud of James…” she says, “He has developed in leaps and bounds and the fact we’ve been part of that process has been a pleasure!”

Game on!

A group of clients have taken part in a Special Olympics event for the Midlands in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

The Special Olympics is a movement aimed at providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual (learning) disabilities. It aims to give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in sharing skills. It’s also aimed at creating friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Our clients, Louis, Tom, Duane and Lawrence, participated in the event. They were part of a larger team called the ‘Nottingham Knights’, representing the County at the Games.

The medals we won were gold, silver and bronze, which were won in shot put, 100 metres running, long jump and javelin.

Louis, Tom, Duane and Lawrence said they had an ‘epic’ time and saw old friends and also made new ones too. They said they didn’t mind it raining as they were in the sports hall so it was still exciting.

They were very proud to show off their medals when they returned to Space Inclusive!