Demonstrate participants creating a large sculpture out of paper tubes.

Demonstrate!

Welcome to Demonstrate! a dance-led Participatory Arts programme for children and young people with learning, complex and profound disabilities and/or autism.

The roots of the project are long, deep and wide-ranging, and we have enjoyed the contributions of many partners: children and young people, artists, schools and agencies.

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A partnership developed between Brixton House and Corali Dance Company offers young people with SEND aged between 8 and 14 years, and their siblings, the opportunity to discover and develop their own artistic talents. Since 2011, in addition to dance we have explored a range of art forms such as: drama, music-making, puppetry, circus, visual arts and 3D animation.

Now in its eleventh year, Demonstrate! has seen young people progress through the programme and go on to develop their dance and artistic skills with Corali Dance Company, to be the recipient of Arts Awards and to work in different capacities for Ovalhouse (now Brixton House).

The project is funded by the London Borough of Lambeth as part of their short breaks programme for families with children and young people with SEND.

There are 20 Demonstrate! sessions per year. This year we have also carried over two sessions from 2020.

Autumn dates

OCTOBER: 25th – 29th (5 sessions)

Autumn sessions will take place at Reay Primary School, Caldwell Street Entrance, SW9 0EN from 11:30am–2:30pm.

What we offer:

  • One to one support
  • Free transport
  • Light snack

Contact

To find out more about taking part in future sessions, please contact Nicola or Sarah on:

demonstrate@brixtonhouse.co.uk | 020 7091 7113


Project Outcomes

Socialise, build and develop friendship:

Our activities focus on widening the opportunity for young people to develop social skills by mixing together in session groups having a wide diversity of participants. Demonstrate! is all about integration meaning that siblings are welcomed too!

Participate and take part in activities:

Participatory Art is at the heart of Demonstrate! where young people work with professional artists on individually tailored activities, making multimedia art work and weaving it all together into a final performance.

Fulfil their learning potential:

Learning is often a social experience and the progress created through group activities also reinforce young people’s learning development – for example, through mutual support in completing tasks and by sharing knowledge.

Enable children to be more independent:

Demonstrate! enables children to achieve greater independence by focusing on their abilities rather than their disabilities

Feel Valued, be involved and motivated:

Everyone’s contribution is valued; each child or young person is unique and may need different support in order to participate. Every programme ends with a sharing for an invited audience of parents, carers, friends and family to recognise the value of their work.


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Testimonials

My daughter wants to come! She gets up and ready with no fuss, usually she drags her feet getting ready for school – you don’t know how much that shows me she wants to be there!

Parent Feedback, 2011

He loves it – he enjoys the social opportunity to mix with other children and to have independence from us which is important. As a non-verbal child he needs to work out how to communicate with others and Demonstrate provides a safe environment.

Parent Feedback, 2019

It’s also remarkable that he is capable of going on his own (he’s picked up by the bus) and spending hours away from home with people he didn’t know at all when he started. That was a big achievement and now it’s easier for him taking part in big group activities.

Parent Feedback, 2015