What's happening

2 Jul 2018

Arts and Crafts Abilities project

Arts and Crafts Abilities is a shortened name for a project which is being implemented by the Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD), the Loughborough University Design School and the Aston University.

This one year pilot collaborative project gaining insights into the needs of people with disabilities to enable them to contribute to their community through the production of art and craft artefacts.

The objectives of this project is to:

  • ENABLE discussion and dialogue about heritage and culture between local communities and disability support groups in Southern Africa and their UK counterparts;
  • SUPPORT the persons with disability within local communities in SA to voice their needs and aspirations;
  • HIGHLIGHT and raise awareness of cultural identity, heritage and sense of place as an asset and resource for sustainable economic growth; and,
  • DEVELOP a pathway to social inclusion and sustainable economic development, based around inclusive arts and crafts.

The outcomes of this Research Network will provide insights for individuals living with disability and their wider community members highlighting a pathway to sustainable economic development utilising their cultural and heritage as part of an inclusive approach to artefact production.

Members of SAFOD also visited the Design School at the New Designers exhibition, where they met with the students on the stand and discussed their designs and ideas (pictured). A great opportunity for these create minds to meet.

There is a webinar presenting opportunities for collaboration and exchange of culture, experience, knowledge and practice on 5th July with speakers including George Torrens from the Design School, for more information click here