Launch of new LEVEL newspaper celebrating ‘difference’

It’s a curious thing that in an environment where communication – particularly written – remains a never-to-be-resolved challenge, we are so excited to be launching a newspaper. Yet to celebrate the art created in a world of ‘difference’, in words as well as visually, and to engage in the current debates resonating throughout that global community means a contributory voice is important – we think critical. We hope the voice of the LEVEL Out Loud team and its wide ranging contributors will swell that of our learning disabled audiences, artists, carers and friends, and that between us we make a much louder, more vibrant and powerful noise. Grab a friend, bag a sofa and chant along to LEVEL Out Loud Issue #1. LOL-1-Final-pdf-1   Download  ...

Off with the old (year) and on with the new – future term dates at LEVEL

LEVEL projects and events for this year come to a dramatic close on Friday 18 December.  The Centre will re-open for its creative business on Friday 8 January 2016. The Spring sessions and events run in 2 x 5-week blocks from Friday 8 January to Friday 18 March 2016, with no sessions in the week commencing Monday 15 February 2016 when we will break for half term. Compliments of the season to everyone who has been part of the LEVEL family this year and to those we have yet to adopt....

D-LAB Artists’ Networking Session at LEVEL dynamically done and dusted

The D-LAB Artists’ Networking Session hosted by LEVEL yesterday afternoon was a dazzling addition to the creative to-ings and fro-ings in the building, as an array of D-LAB artists chicaned through the Purple Peach Club Night preparations, the arrival of BBC Radio Derby to interview participants and the continuing exhibition of Tony Sutton’s ‘From Memory’.   Says David Gilbert, D-LAB Curator/Producer, “Thanks to everyone who came along to our Artists’ Networking Session to share their work and ideas, and to Will Hurt for his fantastic interactive co-commissioned by D-LAB and LEVEL.” Next up for D-LAB is Debbie Cooper’s commission opening at Buxton Museum as part of the touring ‘Past Lives Project’ – http://bit.ly/1MK8Ird this Friday and Noriko Okaku’s ‘Derbyshire Tarot’ co-commission with https://www.facebook.com/derbyquad/ and https://www.facebook.com/AnimateProjects/ as part of the Animate OPEN at QUAD from 28 November, alongside animations made by Heritage High School as part of the D-LAB Education Programme....

D-LAB meets Purple Peach Club Night 3 …

… almost. Join us at LEVEL today from 4pm for the D-LAB Artist Networking Session, which features the completed digital art work of LEVEL artist in residence Will Hurt.  Will, along with BBC Radio Derby, will also be joining us for the Purple Peach Club Night from 6.30pm when Clubbers and their carers will have the opportunity of trialling Will’s ‘Digital Playground’....

LEVEL battens down the hatches in preparation for Purple Peach Club Night 3

This unique club-style night for people with learning disabilities, their carers and friends returns to LEVEL in all of its digital glory! Journey through weird and wonderful visual worlds, strange sounds and chilled out beats in a fun, creative and relaxed atmosphere. Expect the unexpected. Tuesday 10 November 2015, 6.30pm-10pm. Entry £5 (free to carers) – pay on the door but pre-booking essential....

New SPIRAL performances announced for November

SPIRAL, the LEVEL resident performance company, are soon to embark on their short tour as part of the Derbyshire-wide All Dance platform. SPIRAL members will take ‘Imprints’ to Cliff College, Calver on Tuesday 24 November from 1-1.35pm, giving new audiences a chance to see this piece of physical theatre performed to an industrial and highly energetic sound track. The choreography uses strong, controlled and dynamic movement to create a highly visual and sculpturally angular performance within an improvised structure – the movement, sound and costume fusing together to present a fully integrated piece of live art. Second up is ‘Pulse’, due to be performed at Friesland School, Sandiacre on Wednesday 25 November from 1-1.35pm. The performance was created as part of the ‘Derwent Pulse’ event, a large scale environmental light installation created by Charles Monkhouse and comprising illuminated spheres flowing the length of the River Derwent. SPIRAL’s performance uses the original spheres programmed to pulse with red light every second, marking the flow of time. Performers transport the spheres as if they were moving independently through water, creating patterns of light and movement resonating with the ancient pulse of the river. The sound created for ‘Pulse’ also explores the River Derwent and its heritage, comprising audio recordings of the river, its industrial heritage, its wildlife, people and contemporary human environments over the past 20 years, presenting an intense and sometimes disturbing audio narrative.  ...

Upcoming Auditions for SPIRAL!

Do you or does anyone you know want to be a part of a performance company for adults with learning disabilities who create and perform exciting artistic work? SPIRAL is a high quality company in demand to create performances regionally, nationally and internationally. Members need to: be serious about wanting to be a performer enjoy being creative have the confidence and commitment to perform in public. If this is YOU or SOMEONE YOU KNOW, then auditions for SPIRAL are being held on Thursday 5 November 2015, 10am-4pm at the LEVEL Centre. Call us on 01629 734848 to book your audition spot or to find out more....

Insight – training sessions for staff and carers supporting people at LEVEL

Thursday 19 November, Thursday 26 November and Thursday 3 December 2015, 10.30am-1pm What are the barriers to arts participation for individuals with learning disabilities? How can you support people most effectively to create quality engagement? This training is offered to ALL staff and carers supporting people in the creative activities at LEVEL. Entry free but owing to limited capacity places should be reserved in advance....

New Director Appointed at LEVEL

Artistic Director, Performer, Composer and Multi Media Artist Andrew Williams has been appointed the new head of LEVEL, the Derbyshire-based arts charity renowned for its innovative work with artists with learning disabilities.  For 25 years LEVEL has led the way in using the combination of traditional creative arts and cutting-edge digital technologies to change the lives of people with learning disabilities. Based in Derbyshire, the charity’s work has a growing national and international impact.  Recent projects have included ‘Limestone Journeys’, an audio-visual installation for Creswell Crags combining location images and performance, and ‘Body as Canvas’, a photographic exhibition shown at Nottingham’s New Art Exchange. In 2008 the stunning purpose-built LEVEL Centre at Rowsley opened its doors, where it now attracts over 5,000 attendances per year.  The team at LEVEL continue to explore new ways to use the building to release the individual creativity of each person who attends the various sessions and events.  A successful bid has secured underpinning funding until 2018 and has confirmed the Arts Council’s continued confidence in LEVEL’s past achievements and future aspirations, but new Director Andrew and the Board of Trustees are looking to develop new projects to increase the number of people LEVEL can support, for which additional funds will be needed. Eddy Higgs, the Chair of LEVEL’s Trustees, said: “We’re really pleased that Andy will be joining LEVEL at this pivotal time.  His combination of artistic excellence and experience in working with people with learning disabilities is just what we need to keep on developing our work and our contribution to achieving ‘Great Art for Everyone’.  There’s so much we can do...

‘From Memory’ – An Exhibition by Tony Sutton

Peak Dale artist Tony Sutton’s images display a true and exact sense of place, of structure, of clear lines only aberrated by the artist’s sweeping wish list. Symbols reminiscent of musical notations intervene and overlay the un-beautiful manmade structures over landscapes mixing rural village and town. His images are maps of places real and imagined. How places should look. How they look to him. The artist himself says he draws spiders, trees, people and anything in nature. Beloved buildings are a feature of his carefully mapped vistas, his choices broadly and tidily sweeping up the likes of Alton Towers and the Buxton Dome. This is the artist’s first major exhibition and we welcome him to the LEVEL Centre. From Memory forms part of a series of exhibitions at LEVEL celebrating the extraordinary work of learning disabled artists. Opening Event: 3 November 2015, 5.30-7pm An opportunity to meet the artist, experience a digital version of the exhibition and find out more about the LEVEL Centre and its installation, exhibition and performance programme....