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New arts course for adults with learning disabilities in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 11:27 15 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:27 15 August 2017

JumpstART students. Picture: Ben Jackson.

JumpstART students. Picture: Ben Jackson.

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An arts charity is calling on students to join a new course, which starts next month.

Suffolk Artlink is encouraging participants to be part of their new JumpstART term in Lowestoft.

The exciting new arts course for adults with learning disabilities starts at The Bethel – home of the Lowestoft Players – on Thursday, September 7.

The arts charity will be exploring the Protest Arts movement during the 15-week long arts programme.

Areas covered will include protest theatre and performance art, protest poster art and protest fashion. The course will culminate in a public showcase of the students’ work, inspired by their own ideas.

Fran Speight, Suffolk Artlink project development officer, said: “We are looking forward to giving students the opportunity to learn about how art can create change. The course will encourage them to explore and express their views creatively using artforms widely used within the protest arts movement.

“Through artist-led sessions, trips to cultural venues and a final public celebration of their work, students have the opportunity to learn new creative and life skills, gain confidence and build friendships.”

Richard, a student on a previous JumpstART course, said: “The part I liked is talking about the issues we’ve had in our lives - nobody usually talks about disability but we talked about it and that was important.”

Harvey, a regular JumpstART student, added: “With Suffolk Artlink, I feel like I’ve got so much to look forward to and lots to say.”

The full 15-week protest arts course will take place every Thursday from 10am to 4pm, starting from September 7, at The Bethel.

Cost is £225 – £15 per session – with more details available via www.suffolkartlink.org.uk.

For more information email fran@suffolkartlink.org.uk or call 01986 873955.

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