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Sensory Atelier Artist Call Out

Attenborough Arts Centre wants to hear from Artists in any creative discipline looking to collaborate with young people in SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) settings across Leicestershire through intensive 18 day residencies.

As part of the 4 year SENsory Atelier programme funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, a partnership of 9 special schools across Leicester and Leicestershire, and Attenborough Arts Centre, will work with young people, families, a network of artists and teachers, and local businesses to explore arts-based residencies, and creative learning through gallery visits and performance.
Our approach is inspired by social pedagogies including the practice of Reggio Children, Sightlines Initiative and House of Imagination. In short, we seek to develop creative learning behaviours with young people in SEND settings, to develop teacher’s and artist’s abilities to scaffold this work, and to facilitate meaningful sharing of learning through practical and reflective networks.

We are seeking artists that are open and collaborative, able to design process focused activity with multiple entry points to ensure equitable access for all participants.
Experience of school working is not essential, but we are seeking artists with an understanding of the professional requirements of this work, including planning for multiple and complex access and communication needs.

For more information about the role and how to apply, please click here.

To apply, send all required information to Caroline Rowland – Schools Learning Assistant at The closing date for applications is Monday 6th December 12.00pm noon.

Interviews will take place on 13 or 14 December at either Attenborough Arts Centre, or one of the two schools independently (note if applying for more than one school, each school’s shortlisting and interview process will be held independently of each other, and you may be invited to interviews for each school applied for.)

Interviews will consist of a question and answer session, as well as some practical delivery with young people which may take place in person, or over video call depending upon covid restrictions at the time of interview. We positively encourage applications from disabled artists and artists under-represented within the sector. We will gather any access requirements at the point of an offer of interview.

Any questions about the application process should be directed to Bob Christer – Programme Manager at

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