Do it Different at The Factory Art School

Last year DM Associate Musician Dav Shiel delivered a series of creative accessible music workshops as part of the ‘The Factory Art School’, led by visual artist and National Trust New Art Fellow Morgan Tipping at The Workhouse in Southwell.

This alternative art school was made up of young residents of Southwell’s Caudwell House, Minster View, MenCap Nottinghamshire who chose to name their project ‘Do it Different’.

The term ‘factory’ relates to the idea of The Workhouse being a factory and the experiences of the people connected to this historic building.

Morgan Tipping explains more about the project:

“I am a 2019 Trust New Art Creative Fellow at The Workhouse, Southwell, Nottinghamshire.

I co-created The Factory alternative art school with neurodiverse and mobility diverse children, young people and adults from July 2019- January 2020. Although inspired by Basic Design, The Factory curriculum differed by foregrounding social relationships, experimental processes and material encounters. The Factory and associated Do It Different projects drew on diverse educational philosophies and approaches and were informed by social art forms.”

Dav led sessions with the young people around the idea of Biorhythms. They involved music-making with accessible music technologies and voice, as well as chances to be silly and have fun.

Watch the video at the top of the post for the full story.

A man looks down and smiles as he dances in a colourful space decorated with papier mache curly text on a black background says Biorhythms Sound Collaborations

With thanks to Morgan Tipping and Trust New Art, Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham Mencap and Arts Council England. Film by Tommy Chavannes.

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