Opportunities for truly inclusive learning in higher education are rare but the University of Brighton is enabling learning disabled artists to develop their artwork whilst giving non-disabled students the opportunity to explore inclusive arts practices with socially excluded groups. This award-winning model has been very successful and is mutually beneficial to all involved.
Learning disabled artists from The Rocket Artist Group, funded by Arts Council England, South East, make artwork alongside students and staff from the new and unique MA Inclusive Arts Practice at the University of Brighton. Students work on real-life arts projects, supported by a range of specialist arts practitioners and professionals by collaborating with diverse groups of marginalized people.
Alice Fox, senior lecturer at the university's School of Art, Design and Media, said people with disabilities are often excluded from arts projects and, as a result, disability is often misrepresented and commonly misunderstood: “We hope to use art to challenge these misconceptions.”