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.   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 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’....

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...