Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up – Triumph over Adversity

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I have long admired the work of Frida Kahlo, the Mexican artist who has become a cultural icon. She became an extension of her art herself, in the way she emphasised her physical features and also in her dress, favouring Mexican national costume to assert her political beliefs. Growing up in post-revolutionary Mexico in the […]

Disability in the Acting Profession

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How Do You Feel About Disability in Your Front Room? I was recently chatting with a friend about a documentary I had been watching. I knew the subject matter was something that really interested her, so was surprised that she had not engaged with it at all. When I asked why, her response really saddened […]

Making Music Accessible – ALF Drum Studios

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Andy Lawrence Franklin of ALF Drum Studios in Braintree is embarking on an exciting initiative for teaching people with disabilities how to play drums. The idea came from seeing fellow drummer Rick Allen of Def Leppard, who lost his left arm in a car crash in ’85 when the band were at their peak. His […]

Arts Access and Participation Fund

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Through the Paul Hamelyn Trust grants are available for not-for-profit organisations to test, implement and develop ambitious plans to widen access to and deepen participation in the arts. Priority will be given to projects working in areas of social and economic deprivation outside of London. Two types of grant are available to support work at […]

Braintree Rethink Art and Social Group

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The Braintree Rethink Art and Social Group started just over seven years ago for all those that live and cope with mental illness every day. The group meet once a week and for many of them, that is the only social gathering they have. They create some amazing pieces of work and are helping themselves […]

Chelmsford Ideas Festival 2016

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Partnering with Anglia Ruskin University, Changing Chelmsford are hosting our sixth Ideas Festival from October 19th to November 1st … and once again hosting an exciting and diverse range of events with something for everyone. There are some great new events, prestigious speakers and lots more venues. This year we are partnering with the RSA […]