UCAN Create – Creative Masterclasses for young people

UCAN-logo_cmykUCAN Create – An exciting collaborative project between UCAN Productions and yello brick, which aims to inspire and encourage young people to create and produce their own unique artistic work.

The next workshop will be on Friday the 4th of December, 5:30-7:30 at Cardiff University School of Optometry and Vision Sciences on Maindy Road

To apply and book your place or for further information
Call: 02920 870554
Email: ucancreate15@gmail.com

 

UCAN Productions, an arts organisation for blind and visually impaired young people are partnering with yello brick, a company that create unusual events in everyday spaces, to run a series of masterclasses for professional development within the arts. UCAN Create is offering young people between the ages of 16 – 26 the opportunity to create, produce and showcase their own work. Through a series of masterclasses, participants will be able to learn new skills and techniques from a wide variety of arts practitioners who are working at the cutting edge of their profession. From new digital practices to theatre in unusual spaces, the programme will offer new ways of thinking creatively about how to make work. In addition, UCAN Create will provide practical advice on how to progress into making a career within the arts in Wales and the UK.

The project will run until July 2016 and the end of the project will see a celebration of the work created during the programme at the UCAN Productions Festival at the Wales Millennium Centre, on July 26th.
Mared Jarman, a Member of UCAN Productions commented; “We want to give young people the freedom and opportunity to explore their creativity in a safe environment and showcase it to the public.” Some of the themes that will be explored during the master classes will be, game design and story worlds, sound based experiences, scent based experiences, multi sensory performance, multi narrative worlds, digital work and challenging established formats in Wales.

UCAN Create is funded by the Arts Council of Wales
Info on Masterclass One:
Making Games in Our City Scapes with yello brick
The UCAN Create Masterclasses will kick off with partners yello brick running a workshop on how to make physical games in everyday spaces. This practical session will cover everything from the creative conception to practical implementation of making our city’s more playful.

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• BACKGROUND INFORMATION
– Background on UCAN Productions
– UCAN Productions is an award winning performance and creative arts co-operative for blind and partially sighted children, young people and their friends between the ages of 7 and 25. Based in Cardiff, UCAN (Unique Creative Arts Network) works across the UK and exists to prove that visual impairment is no barrier to success. Programmes help to develop physical and vocal confidence, raise aspirations and promote individual abilities. The organisation was established in 2005 by professional actor/director Bernie Latham and his wife Jane to enable blind and partially sighted young people in the UK to have access to the arts. The couple were inspired to create the organisation after volunteering for a blind school in Sierra Leone, West Africa. In the beginning, UCAN worked with twelve visually impaired young people in Cardiff and now has a growing membership of over 600 blind and partially sighted young people throughout the UK. UCAN works in partnership with many organisations including RNIB Cymru, Cardiff University School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Disability Arts Cymru and Action for Blind People. In 2012 Jane Latham was awarded a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship, which has allowed the organisation to build links with similar organisations in the United States. The organisation is managed by a highly committed and professional board of Directors and UCAN Productions’ Young People’s Steering Committee (YPSC), which has nine members made up from the original first group from 2005.

– Background on yello brick
yello brick is a company that builds engaging and participatory experiences for brands and organisations. Their work is playful, curious, challenging and disruptive. They help brands and organisations connect with audiences on the deepest level. They take inspiration from the stories they have to tell and create tailor made experiences that take their audiences on a journey, placing them at the centre of the story. In the past they have made an epic urban adventure game in the streets of Cardiff, a site specific storytelling app for cycle routes in Wales and an online interactive event for new opera audiences. So far they have worked with Welsh National Opera, Sustrans Cymru, National Library of Wales, Sinfonia Cymru, Cardiff University, TaikaBox, Design Commission for Wales, The Welsh Language Commission and National Theatre Wales. Over the last few years highlights have included winning the BAFTA Games Commended multiplatform game REVERIE and interactive digital experience I Am Tudor for Welsh National Opera.

– UCAN Lead Information
– UCAN Create is the next phase of the workshop leader training course UCAN Lead. UCAN Lead was a yearlong drama workshop leader training programme, which was led by professional expert Dinos Aristidou and came to an end in March 2013. The UCAN Lead Level 1 programme equipped participants with the skills to become workshop leaders and we are delighted to say that a number of the participants have since gone on to be employed as workshop leaders. UCAN Lead was all about becoming a good workshop leader and facilitator. UCAN Create is all about creating, producing and showcasing your own work.
• Interviews, founder members Mared Jarman,21 and Megan John, 23 both are registered blind and have gone through the UCAN Lead process and now work UCAN Productions. Both are fluent in Welsh and English.
mared@ucanproductions.org – 07791399133
megan@ucanproducations.org – 07776326493