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TINConnect April 2012 TINConnect is our newsletter that is usually published digitally to share news and information about opportunities to take part in TIN Arts activities. If you have any questions about anything you read in TINConnect get in touch and we will be happy to tell you more! The TIN team. TIN Arts become an Arts Council England—National Portfolio Organisation As of 1st April, 2012, TIN Arts are delighted to become a National Portfolio Organisation with Arts Council England. Our agreement with Arts Council England is to utilise the funding we have been awarded to develop ‘An Inclusive Dance Offer for County Durham’ from April 2012—March 2015. Over the course of the next three years we aim to:  deliver a programme of excellent dance participation and engagement work with people with a learning disability across County Durham  work strategically and be a key advocate for inclusion and accessible dance practice  encourage and develop disabled dance artists through training and employment routes  work effectively in partnership with the public sector, disability and arts organisations Soon we will be sharing detailed information about the programmes of activity. We are planning to continue our existing programmes whilst seeing how we can add progression and improvement, add new programmes to cater for those who wish to explore their natural talents further and also develop a new strand of work focused on children and young people leading to the development of one of the most far-reaching inclusive youth dance programmes nationally. Further information will be available from July. New performing arts course for people with a learning disability in transition GeTIN2Academy is a brand new course starting in September 2012 and will be based at our TIN Dance Space in Durham. Created specifically for those aged between 18 – 25 years, the GeTIN2Academy supports the transition from school to community-based activity and acts as an introduction to the arts. The course covers a range of artforms including Dance, Drama and Music and allows time and space for each participant to find their talent before looking at progression options onto other GeTIN2… courses. Places are available and GeTIN2Academy is a pay-to-attend activity. Why not come along and ‘Have-a-go’ - see the information later on in this newsletter regarding our open sessions in June.


Have you got a head for heights? TIN Arts are supporting an exciting outdoor performance taking place at the Stockton International Riverside Festival this August. Prometheus Awakes is a new outdoor spectacle involving performers suspended high in the air above the audience and it will initially take place in the groundsof the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich on 22 June 2012 before being shown in Stockton on Thursday 2nd August. Hence the need to have a good head for heights! Prometheus Awakes will be the UK’s first ever large scale outdoor spectacle led by and featuring both disabled and non-disabled performers. TIN Arts are helping to recruit volunteer performers who want to be a part of this extravaganza at the Stockton performance. We are looking for people who have a willingness to take on an extraordinary journey and be part of an amazing event. You don’t need direct experience of aerial work but you do need to have a real passion for spectacle and experience of dance, circus, theatre or sports could be useful. If you have the right kind of daredevil attitude call us or email us at Prometheus@tinarts.co.uk to register your interest. We will be holding a taster aerial session in May so you can discover what it is truly like to be suspended 20 metres up in the air! This is a unique event and a fantastic opportunity to be a part of something really special! The Adventures of Theseus—see the full length version As part of Best Foot Forward, GeTIN2Arts will be performing an excerpt from their new production The Adventures of Theseus. The full performance will take place on Thursday 12th July at our TIN Dance Space in Durham. Performance times are 11am and 2pm, tickets are only £1. Places are limited so be quick and contact Thomas at TIN Arts to reserve your tickets. ‘Have-a-go’ sessions The best way to find out about what we offer and what you might like to join in with is to come along and attend one of our ‘have-a-go’ sessions. They are free and you are under no obligation to sign up to any future activities or programmes. Our next sessions will take place in June. They are specifically for anyone with a learning disability aged 18 years and over. If you are interested in attending contact Thomas at TIN Arts. Details: Wednesday 6th June Thursday 7th June

10am—1pm 10am—1pm

Taster session in dance, drama and music Taster session in dance, drama and music

These sessions are a great way to find out more about which arts activities you enjoy and maybe have a natural talent for and also a chance for us to meet you and offer some advice on what might be the right course for you. Keep up to speed with the latest news. Want to know more about how to join in our activities? Why not visit our website and subscribe to receive TINConnect by email. Or if you prefer to receive this newsletter through the post, then get in touch and we will put you on our mailing list. You can also follow us on Facebook (TIN Arts) or on twitter (@tinarts).


TINConnect April 2012