The Multi-Sensory Art Project (MSAP) is a collaboration between The Roche Court Educational Trust and Silverwood School to provide creative, sensory experiences for children with profound and multiple learning disabilities. The creative, multi-sensory activities and digital resources that we create are beneficial and available to all.
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.
In 2021, As a result of being unable to solely engage with children and participants face to face, we seized the opportunity to offer a blend of immersive online and face to face activities, experiences, videos and soundscapes available here and on our social media channels.
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.