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Annual General Report

2011


Contents

Chairman’s Report

Chairman’s Report

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Partner Organisations

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Vision, mission and values

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Epic staff and board members

20

Epic Activities in 2011

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Finances

22

Supporters

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n the year in which we celebrated our 10th anniversary there was little time to look back but much to look forward to with many new developments. In the UK we moved to new fully-accessible offices and in Cambodia a major extension to our Arts Centre building was completed. At the same time we continued to do what we do best which is bringing together communities with differing abilities and seeing lives and expectations transformed through the creative arts. This year our work has been marked by deepening creative relationship between the three countries in which we operate. Joint projects have explored themes of identity, communication and expectations, while other works have been toured internationally. We have reached out into new, and often hidden, communities in deprived boroughs of London, in Cambodia and in China. The young people we work with have created inspiring and challenging works that both build self confidence and change attitudes. One of the signs of Epic Arts maturing as an organisation has been the first generation of students graduating from a two-year training programme at our Arts Centre in Cambodia. It is exciting to see these young people now working as teachers and facilitators at our Arts Centre. It feels like another generation of people have caught Epic’s vision and is choosing to express that through their own creativity. The Board is enormously grateful to the staff, artists, volunteers and donors who have generously contributed their time, skills, creativity and finances to give substance to Epic Arts’ vision and values. Dermot Trimble Chair of Trustees

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Our Vision

Mission, Values and Objectives

Vision Epic Arts believes in a world where Every Person Counts (EPiC) and where people living with disabilities are valued, accepted and respected. Epic Arts Café The Epic Arts Café stands as a model for an inclusive working environment within the local Kampot community and raises money to support the rest of our work.

Mission Epic Arts promotes integration of people of all abilities and disabilities through the arts as a form of expression, transformation and empowerment. Epic Arts celebrates the creative potential of those with whom we work.

Values Everyone in the Epic Arts community is equal. We share responsibility and value respect, honesty and clear communication

Objectives • To encourage acceptance and inclusion • To foster understanding and raise awareness • To increase access to the arts and arts education • To enable people to develop new skills through creativity • To encourage self-expression and build self-confidence 4

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dramamusicdancephotographyvisualartspuppetrycrafts Global Activities Sharrabang – a new integrated dance

UK Activities

Goal

Achievements

Goal

Achievements

To bring together dancers of varying abilities and disabilities from the UK and Cambodia and explore different ideas about identity.

To enable children from Mainstream and Special Educational Needs (SEN) Schools to come together and work alongside each other in an artistic environment of respect, equality and communication.

Background Two choreographers from StopGAP Dance Company in the UK travelled to Cambodia to work with six dancers and create a 30 minute integrated dance, titled Sharrabang. Sharrabang explored themes of identity and aimed to promote greater inclusion for people with disabilities in society.

Thank you

Progress The six dancers involved came from varying backgrounds and abilities, including one physically disabled Cambodian, one British woman with Down’s Syndrome, three deaf Cambodians and one non-disabled dancer. Each dancer brought their own unique skills and talents to the performance, which successfully premiered at Lyla Lagoon Sports Centre in Phnom Penh on Saturday 26 November 2011. Original music for the dance piece was composed by highlyacclaimed composer, Chris Benstead.

Over 100 people attended the premiere on 26 November in Phnom Penh. Poan Nadenh, one of the disabled dancers involved in the project said “I am so happy to have been part of this project. I want people to see that we as disabled artists can do exactly the same as non disabled people. I want people to see ability, not disability.”

Thank you to StopGAP Dance Company and Chris Benstead for working with us on this project, and to Darren Frazier and Crispian Cook for filming the performance. Thank you also to everyone who supported the Sponsume Campaign to raise money for this project.

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Integrated arts – Celebrating Differences

Background After providing several successful integrated projects in previous years, and witnessing the dramatic and profound effect on participants, Epic Arts committed to raising funds for integrated arts projects between schools in the most deprived London boroughs.

Progress From January to July 2011, Epic Arts provided five Celebrating Differences projects to nine schools in Tower Hamlets, Southwark and Hammersmith and Fulham, reaching 289 disabled and non-disabled children. Each project started with a taster day followed by a week-long project where classes from SEN schools and local mainstream schools worked and played together.

Directly benefited 289 children and young people aged between 6 and 16, 40% of whom are disabled, with an audience of 295 people. Pupils aged between 8 and 12 learnt “to not be scared of [children with disabilities]; they’re exactly the same as us”, “that we may look different but we are all the same inside”, “how to be a better team player”, and “to have patience”. When pupils and teaching staff were asked to select from a choice of 12 words to describe their experience, 41% selected the phrase ‘Life Changing’.

Thank you The Celebrating Differences projects were generously funded by BBC Children in Need, Help a Capital Child and Tower Hill Trust.

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Education - Fran’s Voyage

Disability Arts - Waves

Goal Illustrations by Monica Rivas Velasquez

Goal

majority of the text. The illustrations are still being drawn and gradually the book is coming together.

To tell the story of a young woman with a life-limiting degenerative condition and enable young people to learn about living with disability.

Achievement •

Background Fran is a 22 year old with a life-limiting degenerative condition. Fran’s Voyage tells her story through the medium of a beautifully illustrated picture book. This book will be used as an education and advocacy tool.

Progress An illustrator and creative advisor have been working with Fran over a series of visits, to develop a narrative and artwork to express her individual story, her dreams and wishes. Based on conversations with her, the artist is designing and illustrating the book, giving artistic and creative input back to Fran as the visits progress. With support from the creative advisor, Fran has now agreed all the layouts which will make up the book, and written the vast

Thanks to Fran’s vision, the book will cover a range of issues relating to being a young disabled person. These include changes, friends, family, dreams and hopes, and advocacy. A particularly moving page will feature a beautiful poem which Fran has written herself, which shows her positive attitude towards life and the way she deals with her life-limiting condition with grace and dignity.

Thank you Mr and Mrs Price and David Price who ran a half-marathon to raise money for the project; Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust.

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Achievements

To offer a new and extraordinary experience • of dance and music to students with complex needs through two days of workshops.

Background

• After a meeting with the Tower Project, Epic Arts created a bespoke project that would suit young people with complex needs. Focusing on un-choreographed, personalised movement which is particularly accessible for people with disabilities, the workshops aimed to inspire creativity and physical expression in a unique and • contemporary style.

Progress Two workshops were led each day: one for the higher needs students, and one for the middle and lower needs students. This project was a new experiment for Epic Arts. All artists involved were incredibly excited by the results, and have great confidence in this concept and its potential, particularly with regards to people with complex needs. We hope to continue to develop our understanding of how movementmusic synthesis can liberate and stimulate those with limited access to other forms of art and sensory play.

Of the five Tower Project staff asked to complete an evaluation, 4 described the project as ‘Outstanding’, ‘High-Impact’ and ‘Stimulating’. All 5 described it as, ‘Creative’ and ‘Enjoyable’. John Lane, Deputy Manager of the New Dawn Day Opportunity Service, commented, ‘What an amazing, creative experience! One that transcends boundaries and enables young people to explore sound and movement in a more imaginative way.’ Of the five students asked to complete an evaluation, all described the project as ‘Exciting’ and ‘Outstanding’. Nadia said that the project made her feel ‘happy’, Tim described it as ‘fantastic’, Hasnain as ‘brilliant’, and Michael gave it ‘two thumbs up’!

Thank You Miranda Hart for generously choosing this project to donate to and to the Tower Project for giving their time, staff and space for such a successful project.

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China Activities

Cambodia Activities

Goal

Achievements

Goal

To create a community where young people of different background and disabilities come together to make high quality art.

To give talented young Cambodians with disabilities the opportunity to harness their creative potential, develop their skills as professional performers and act as advocates for integration.

Exhale

Background

Exhale is a cross cultural project involving young people in Beijing working creatively with young people in London. Epic Arts linked a deaf and blind school in Beijing. The Schools worked together to create dance performances which were then filmed to provide the stimulus for performance projects in London. In China the name of Exhale was - 路平安 which literally translates as One Road Equal Peace.

Advocacy through the Arts

Students found ways to communicate that didn’t rely on speech or Chinese Sign Language – many of them found ways to engage develop friendships. One audience member, Ping Jiang Yuan commented: “The Epic Arts project and performance was a wonderful, enlightening and very constructive programme for the people with disabilities! Thank you.”

Thank you Bank of America Merrill Lynch for sponsoring the whole project. Beijing QiYin Experimental School for the Deaf, Beijing School for the Blind and Beijing Huiling Centre for Adults with Learning Disabilities for taking part and creating beautiful dance and art for the set. Harrow International School for generously lending us their minibus for transport across the city.

Progress Dance workshops took place from September led by experienced choreographer Georgie Cockburn. This work culminated in the creation of three films which, as well as being used for the creative work in the UK, were in incorporated into live performance using video projection. All dance work was performed in Beijing on the 15th December where feedback was extremely positive. 10

blind children from Epic Arts’ partner organisation, Association of the Blind in Cambodia. The Special Education classes involved students between the ages of 14 and 25 with learning disabilities.

Achievements

Background

The Advocacy through the Arts Programme began in 2009 and involves 11 talented individuals participating in a two year Vocational Training Programme with Epic Arts. The students have been training as workshops leaders and professional performers, delivering advocacy performances and workshops in the community.

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Progress In 2011, students of the Vocational Training Programme focussed on developing their skills as workshop leaders and facilitators by regularly teaching three new classes – Sign and Shine, ABC and Special Education. The Sign and Shine class involves deaf children under the age of 12 who have never had access to sign language before. the ABC involves

All 11 students involved in the Vocational Training Programme graduated from the programme in October 2011. The students have now become staff members at Epic Arts in our Workshop Team. Over 5,000 people attended advocacy performances in 2011. 40 young people with disabilities have started accessing creative arts workshop at the Epic Arts Centre every week.

Thank you Thank you to our Vocational Training Programme Sponsors in 201. Thank you also to Grade 5 students and parents of UWCSEA in Singapore.

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Glimpses of Epic

in 2011/12

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Special Education Programme

Epic Arts Café

Goal

Goal

Achievements

To provide work opportunities for deaf and disabled people in Kampot and provide a model for an inclusive working environment within the local community.

Students learn a variety of skills, including gardening, cooking and making handicrafts. Pictorial guides are used to help our students understand their work. All activities are planned so that every student can join in and be successful. Over the next year, Epic Arts plans for all students to undertake work experience placements in local businesses and organisations.

To offer creative and educational programs to children and young people with learning disabilities in Kampot and help them to develop life skills.

Background The Special Education Programme runs nine ‘Peace and Independence’ classes per week offering art, music, dance, drama, games and learning activities to participants, ranging in age from two to twenty years. The classes provide opportunities for students to develop their literacy and numeracy skills, participate in creative arts activities and develop new friendships.

Achievements •

Progress

The completion of a new building at the Epic Arts Centre In 2011 has increased Epic Arts’ capacity to develop the Special Education curriculum. Epic Arts started a new and innovative Skills for Independence project. This project trains young people with learning disabilities in vocational skills that will assist them in their work and home life. The project currently involves 10 people with learning disabilities between the ages of 14 and 27.

Three students undertook successful work experience placements in local businesses within the Kampot Community. Students started making handicrafts, which are now selling at the Epic Arts Cafe in Kampot. Students have started participating in workshops with the Vocational Training Programme Graduates.

Thank You Australian Red Cross and Kadoorie Charitable Foundation.

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Background Established in 2006, the idea for the Epic Arts Café grew from a desire to provide vocational training to deaf and disabled people. The café generates enough revenue to be self-sufficient, and also provides a small amount of monetary support to Epic Arts’ programmes. Already a busy hub for the local community, the café also enjoys a regular stream of international visitors, with a desire to learn more about what Epic Arts does.

The Epic Arts Café was rated the Number 1 Restaurant in Kampot on Trip Advisor. The Café employed 10 new staff members all of whom live with a disability.

Thank you Thank you to Renee Henderson for redesigning the menu.

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Community Outreach Programme

Supporters

Goal

Organisations, Trusts and Foundations

people with learning disabilities between the ages of 14 and 27. Students learn a variety of skills, including gardening, cooking and making handicrafts. Pictorial guides are used to help our students understand their work. All activities are planned so that every student can join in and be successful. Over the next year, Epic Arts plans for all students to undertake work experience placements in local businesses and organisations.

To offer creative and educational programs to children and young people with learning disabilities in Kampot and help them to develop life skills.

Background The Special Education Programme runs nine ‘Peace and Independence’ classes per week offering art, music, dance, drama, games and learning activities to participants, ranging in age from two to twenty years. The classes provide opportunities for students to develop their literacy and numeracy skills, participate in creative arts activities and develop new friendships.

Achievements •

Progress The completion of a new building at the Epic Arts Centre In 2011 has increased Epic Arts’ capacity to develop the Special Education curriculum. Epic Arts started a new and innovative Skills for Independence project. This project trains young people with learning disabilities in vocational skills that will assist them in their work and home life. The project currently involves 10

Three students undertook successful work experience placements in local businesses within the Kampot Community. Students started making handicrafts, which are now selling at the Epic Arts Cafe in Kampot. Students have started participating in workshops with the Vocational Training Programme Graduates.

Corporate Supporters Bank of America Merrill Lynch Waitrose

Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust AS Charitable Trust BBC Children In Need (carried over from 2010) Birkdale Trust Dischma Charitable Trust Help a Capital Child (carried over from 2010) MacCabe Charitable Trust May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust Merchant Taylor’s Company New Philanthropy Capital Oakdale Trust Queen’s College Prep School Ride Aid Sadler’s Wells The City Bridge Trust The Jephcott Charitable Trust The Kadoorie Charitable Foundation The Vintners’ Company (carried over from 2010) Tower Hill Trust UNESCO Vitol Charitable Foundation

Government AusAid Australian Red Cross British Council Ministry of Social Affairs, Youth and Sport, Cambodia

Thank You Australian Red Cross and Kadoorie Charitable Foundation. 16

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Partner Organisations

Supporters

Individual Donors Aideen O’Byrne and family Alison Mawle Amy and John Sykes Anitha Kamath Anthony & Kelly Rae Austin Sweeney Chris Benstead & Denni Sayers Clara Bartlett D F and BF Langrish David Price Deborah O’Brien Dermot Trimble Elaine Grundy Emeline Horia Emma Sherborn Farhan Ameen Fariza Ameen G Lewis Hallam Goad Hannah and James Parker James and Jenny Perry James MacCabe Jean-Philipe Monteiro & Maryam Bigdeli Jessica Thompson Jo Rice Joe & Joan Mackenzie Jonathan Darrington Justin Goad Kim Gooding Lord and Lady Vernon Lori Hastings M Penn Margeret Mitchell Margot Marks Mario Saez

Mark and Judith Woolley Martin & Suzanne Brocklehurst Melanie Finn Millie Maitland Miranda Hart Mr & Mrs Prestidge Mr and Mrs Wheatley Mr and Mrs. Price Mrs Marlene Hill Oli and Sarah Perceval Ollie Sykes Patrick Addis Paul and Diana Leonard Paula & Michael Darrington Pip and Danny Prior Richard and Sue Quibell S Lambert Sarah & Perry Jago Sarah Goad SJ Crocker Sophia Saez Stevens Family The Goad family The Hunter Family The Thompson family Timothy Goad Yael Girot Yuko Okumu All others who have donated anonymously or through the Epic Arts Café

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Australian Embassy Beatrice Tate School Beijing QiYin School for the Deaf Beijing School for the Blind Belmont School Blanche Nevile School for Deaf Children Bodhi Villa Boutcher School Bridges Across Borders Caluna VZW Cambridge Heath School Sixth Form Carpe Diem Cayley Primary School Cherry Gardens School Dancing Across Borders Deaf Nation Discovering Deaf Worlds Eton House School, Singapore Fortismere School Global Development Group Graeae Handicap International, China ICan School Jack Tizard School Joseph Clarke School L’Arche Malmesbury Primary School Morpeth School New Gypsy Orchestra Oaklands School Pacific Discovery Pepy Ride PHAB Phoenix Special School

Provincial Teacher Training College, Kampot, Cambodia Royal London Society for the Blind Singapore Friendship Tours Stephen Hawking School StopGAP Dance Company The Phnom Penh Players The Tower Project The Vale School United World College South East Asia, Singapore Westminster School Where there be Dragons Wormholt Park Primary School

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Epic Staff & Board Members

Epic Arts Board Members

Cambodia Staff

Dermot Trimble Esther Langrish Noel Isherwood Mark Silver Luke Vile Jazz Shaban Nadia Albina

Tim Twomey Steph Kehoe Paul Morris Chris Menist Tom Appleby Amit Sharma Zheng Xianglei Angie Tan Oscar Wood Danny Saleeb Monica Rivas Emma Waller Emmeline Harris Ted Litchfield Trevor Kentish Tim Lees

Epic Arts Staff, Volunteers and Freelancers UK Staff Rachel Duncombe-Anderson Roberta Penn Caroline Foulkes Kay Carpenter Emily Lim Rustom Davar Helen Bryer Danny Roberts Derek Williams

UK Volunteers David Gilbert James Bradshaw Jonathan Elliott Lucy Glover Jarrah Webster Annie Ly Aveleigh Gateman Christina Frangulea Rosie Feltham Lisa Ogun’ Tim Connor Kati Francis Margaret Leslie Seiwa Cunningham

UK Freelancers Georgie Cockburn Kati Francis Sarah Heasman Fiona Branson Hanif Williams Jack Stevens Matthew Evans Roshi Nasehi Milton Lopes

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Ngeth Roeun Sourn Sarom Sam Kagna In Channy Yim Sophear Mun Sinha Chheun Mala Tina Seyhakpechet Im Chart Phon Sovan Ouk Aina Ouk Savath Ngeth Kem Banh Boran Lach Sovan

Hannah Stevens Bou Sokun Meas Chakriya Sok Rachny Nut Samneang Onn Sokny Pun Denh Ork Savy Lay Noth Ken Sokna Koem Bora Yoem Mary Mom Nhork Tov Bunroath Duan Pros Dam Es Ary Sut Sopha Roath Leakhena Chhooy Sokhorn Kret Sok Ronise Barreras Tith Sovannary Dol La Eng Sophal Ngeth Say Kao Sinourn Am Mao Net Synat Khut Khmeuk Ban Bariang Kun cheta Srey Pich Sorn Nath Claire Wyatt

Cambodia Volunteers Kate Brady Crispian Cook Darren Frazier Renee Henderson Elaine Macey Bec Secombe Renee Smithens Dean Soden Irena Tasevska Jo Van Der Walle

China Country Director Mindy Hsieh-Lloyd

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Finances

Statement of Financial Activities

Epic Arts continues to be supported generously by a wide range of donors. We are enormously grateful for their continued generosity. Total income increased from £304,406 in 2010 to £406,970 in 2011. Much of this increase reflected a highly successful fund raising campaign to cover the £97,754 cost of building a major extension to our Arts Centre in Cambodia. The underlying funding for our projects generally held up well and we were able to expand our activities in 2011 in both the UK and Cambodia Towards the end of 2011 the funding position for Epic’s work in the UK became tighter and the Board has taken action to reduce staff and other costs and step up fund raising. Our work in Cambodia remains well funded into 2013. The Board of Directors have established a policy whereby free reserves held by the charity should be maintained at sufficient to cover three months’ committed

expenditure. Because of the funding issues referred to above, reserves have been drawn on to sustain our work in the UK. At 31 December 2011 free reserves were equivalent to 2 months’ committed expenditure.

INCOME

EXPENDITURE

£406,227

£416,541

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2011

Summary Income and Expenditure Account Total Funds 2010

£

Total Funds 2011

£

INCOMING RESOURCES Incoming resources from generated funds Voluntary income Investment income Incoming resources from charitable activities

367,281 743 38,945

253,370 134 50,902

Total Incoming Resources

406,970

304,406

Charitable activities Governance costs

416,541

292,149

5,298

1,200

Total Resources Expended

421,839

293,349

2,474

3,113

(12,395)

14,170

106,623

92,453

94,228

106,623

RESOURCES EXPENDED

Foreign Exchange (Loss ) / Gain Net Movement in Funds

Gifts & Donations 88.5%

Core costs 25%

Other 4.5% Café 7%

Café 3%

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Project costs 49%

Arts Centre extension 49%

Transfers between funds Fund balances at 1 January 2011 Fund balances at 31 December 2011 23


Epic Arts is founded on the Christian Faith: love and acceptance are integral to our work with people of all backgrounds and faiths

www.epicarts.org.uk In the UK

In Cambodia

In China

Epic Arts Bradbury Studios 138 Kingsland Rd London E2 8DY

Epic Arts P.O. Box 737 Kampot Cambodia

Epic Arts

Tel +44 (0)20 7 613 6440 info@epicarts.org.uk

Tel: +855 (0) 33 932 247 cambodia@epicarts.org.uk

Tel +86 183.1713.9110 china@epicarts.org.uk

Company No. 4273231 Charity No. 1091059

Cover image: Sopha Sot, graduate of VTP programme Cambodia / Photo - Mark Jones

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