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Dada Exchange

Dada-South was asked by the Find Your Talent pathfinder PUSH, to develop a Dada-Exchange Pilot initiative, which brings Creative Career Seminars to disabled young people

1st November 2009 - 31st May 2010

The programme aims to provide high-quality creative careers advice for disabled and Deaf young people aged 11-19 years. Utilising the successful model of Dada-Exchange that Dada-South has been delivering across the South East, this programme engages with disabled and Deaf young people within schools, colleges and youth settings to offer exposure to positive and inspirational role models, successful artists managing careers and impairment and the Disability and Deaf Arts sector. This is being achieved through a series of Creative Career Seminars and one-to-one advice and guidance sessions by trained disabled professionals.

Dada-South held the first PUSH FYT Creative Career Seminar in November 2009 in partnership with ENHAM, an organisation based in Southampton, which provides opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged young people.

20 young people worked with Artist Advisors Jon Adams and Dave Dixon to explore creative opportunities, through artist talks and presentations, Q&A sessions and practical arts based workshops. Feedback from the young people was really positive and for most of them it was the first time they had been able to meet artists, try something creative and consider creative career opportunities. One young person has now joined Dada-Exchange to access ongoing 1-1 support with an Artist Advisor and Dada-South and ENHAM are committed to working together in the future to develop further opportunities.

In May 2010 Dada-South went to Treloar School, a Specialist Special School in Alton, to deliver 8 Creative Career Seminars for c60 pupils aged 11-16yrs. The same Artist Advisors led creative workshops enabling pupils to participate in art, drama, storytelling and photography and also gave talks and answered questions about their lives and work. This was a highly eventful day, which created a real buzz of creative activity within the school. Treloar College has now expressed interest in working with Dada-South and we hope to further develop this partnership.