The Multi-Sensory Art Project (MSAP) is a collaboration between The Roche Court Educational Trust and Larkrise School to provide creative, sensory experiences for children with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
Art in all its forms is so powerful. There is now much evidence to demonstrate how both looking at art and creating art helps keep our brains and bodies healthy. It is therefore fundamental that everyone, whatever their age or ability, has equal access to art and all it can offer us. The Multi-Sensory Art Project aims to remove as many barriers as possible. The project engages groups with learning difficulties and disabilities, alongside mainstream schools and the wider community.
Our link between Artists, Teachers, Artist-Educators and Gallery is unique. The team are constantly exploring new ideas, ways of working, interpreting and making art accessible.
Every year since 2013, artists exhibiting at The New Art Centre have inspired large-scale installations at Special Schools across Wiltshire. Children from the age of two, to adults in their eighties have enjoyed these environments, which allow for simply ‘being’ and experiencing, and at the same time encourage active participation.
The MSAP Team meet throughout the year to play and be inspired by the art works at Roche Court and plan installations. In 2019, the theme for our installation was ‘Lunar Fantasy’ inspired by art in the Sculpture Park and the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing.
In 2020, whilst we were unable to engage with children and participants face to face, we seized the opportunity to share a host of sensory offerings digitally with families and teachers, online.
The Multi Sensory Art Project was featured by Engage, the national advocacy and training network for gallery education, in their ‘Sharing Practice’ online collection – a series of case studies addressing how visual arts and gallery educators are engaging communities and working with their audiences remotely, during 2020.