Step Up Step Forward: Inclusive Arts and University Partnerships

Join us for a day of active sharing, workshops and presentations demonstrating how learning disabled and autistic artists can enjoy access to learning opportunities and develop as artists in higher education settings.

Date: Tuesday July 5 (public) and Wednesday July 6 (invite only) 

Location: University of Cumbria Brampton Road Campus 

Times: 10:00am – 16:30pm

The voices of learning disabled and autistic artists are largely absent from higher education institutions, making removing barriers to inclusive teaching and learning, difficult to achieve.  

Prism Arts and the University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts have partnered to address this and test routes for Prism Arts’ artists to develop and produce artwork at the University and in turn form a richer learning environment for all. 

Representatives from Prism Arts and the University of Cumbria Institute of Arts will share the findings of ‘Step Up’ a two-year progression project, funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, which tested routes for learning disabled and autistic artists to develop and produce artwork alongside degree students.  

Join us for an exciting programme of creative workshops, presentations and exhibitions developed and co-curated by the artists. 

We will also be welcoming to Carlisle, nationally recognised arts organisations including Access All Areas and Heart n Soul who will present their experience of working within inclusive arts and higher education. 

The symposium is suitable for people working in public sector organisations, education – Further Education, Higher Education and schools, cultural organisations wishing to work more inclusively, Arts organisations, artists and students.  

A second shorter day for organisational delegates only will investigate models of good practice in university/inclusive arts partnerships. We will scope out the national picture and the route forward to increased representation, looking at creating a network and repository for resources including potential partners for projects.

The full programme will be published soon.  

Tickets cost:  

  • £50 for organisations.  
  • £20 for freelance artists and individuals.   
  • £5 for students and the unemployed. 

Tickets can be bought below.

Places are strictly limited and sold on a first-come-first-served basis. Please note Eventbrite will add a small booking fee.  

The second day of the symposium is aimed at organisations and is by invitation only. If you think that this is relevant to you and would like to attend, please contact for further details.