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The Big Exchange

May 2018 - 2019

“Our ambition is to make both the project and our theatre 'culturally democratic' and to begin to dispel social barriers to creative engagement.” - Holly Smith, Community Producer at Bush Theatre

The Big Exchange is a participant led project in partnership with Bush Theatre and Bishop Creighton House that will promote the power and talents of adults with learning disabilities. It will be an opportunity for the Collective to collaborate with more artists in different mediums, to create bold and inspiring work, gain employment opportunities, new skills and develop their artistic talents. We aim to share our work with as many people as possible, stimulate social change and create a living resource for future communities & practitioners. 

The project is comprised of five core encounters. 

1. Our Voices
Through a series of devising workshops the Collective will create their own performance piece in collaboration with Spare Tyre Theatre  in partnership with Bush Theatre

2. Skills Shop
Opportunities for members of the Collective to be employed as part of This New Ground’s public engagement activities

3. Sparks on Screen
A short film to document moments from our process and to capture on screen the individual personalities that make up the Collective. 

4. Let’s Talk About It
A podcast mini-series creating a platform for encounters and celebrating the voices and experiences of adults with learning disabilities in partnership with the Lyric Hammersmith 

5. The Living Library
A design initiative to archive the experiences and communal values of the collective to be published and promoted as an online pop up. 



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Help This New Ground fundraise for our Big Exchange project. Donate on our Just Giving page.


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