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Be inspired. VI art student Millie-Jayne’s digital art

Image description: A high contrast digital image. The background image is an abstract photo that has been flooded with colour - bright pink and dark grey, a person is just visible in the centre of the image. In the top-right corner a white flower is overlaid over the other image with transparency allowing the background colours to show through. In the bottom-left there is a blue image overlaid of a tulip with bright yellow accents. Braille dots have been overlaid over the image reading: 'Better to be blind and see with your heart than have two [...]

By |February 7, 2024|Categories: 10 to 13, 14 to 17, 18 plus, Arts, Be Inspired, Create, Education, Stand out, Taking control, University|0 Comments

Things that make me feel joyful

A poem by Mahalia Creft The blue-purple hue of an early early morning as I lay twisted up in yellow with my eyes just barely open. The taste of chocolate melding deep into the corners of my taste-buds as I sneak a stray biscuit before mum brings in a “proper” breakfast. The feel of a warm plate on my lap when the sun is at its highest point and my belly is at its largest. The scent of something sweet, ringing melodically in my nostrils and my throat. The sound of music that I hear, caressing the innards [...]

By |June 17, 2023|Categories: 14 to 17, 18 plus, Arts, Create, Life skills, Strive, Taking control, Wellbeing|Tags: |0 Comments

So, how long do you think it will take to get the book finished?

By Mahalia Creft “So, how long do you think it will take to get the book finished?” I tried my very best not to freeze as the realisation dawned on me… ooooohhhh they actually want me to write a book. This was the reaction I had after attending an information evening targeted at helping individuals start their own business. I had made the mistake of thinking this information evening was like most others I had attended, in which you sit for an hour, maybe an hour and a half while some guy whose internet connection keeps dropping out [...]

By |June 17, 2023|Categories: 14 to 17, 18 plus, Arts, Life skills, Strive, Taking control, Wellbeing|Tags: |0 Comments

Advice to my past self: lessons I have learnt over the last year

By Grace Hill I remember it clear as a bell. The date was 16 March 2022. The time was around 3pm. I was on my bed going about a normal day with KISS FM on. Or at least that was what I thought until one particular artist came on. That might not sound like a big thing to most people... often when we have music on it is just to keep us entertained while we do something else like cleaning our rooms or studying. And that day I was no different. But when this particular artist came on [...]

By |June 17, 2023|Categories: 14 to 17, 18 plus, Arts, Life skills, Strive, Taking control, Wellbeing|Tags: |0 Comments

New opportunity – Artist Development Programme

BEYOND – Graeae’s bespoke Artist Development programme Graeae’s bespoke Artist Development programme is back! Starting in 2020 it has supported 48 Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists in developing their careers, taking on new challenges & building successful connections. Graeae have teamed up with 7 leading venues across England ; Octagon Theatre in Bolton, Nottingham Playhouse, Cast in Doncaster, Hull Truck, Shakespeare North in Prescot, Everyman in Liverpool and Derby Theatre. Together they are creating a national network of artistic support and development for Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists. The programme is available to those over [...]

By |May 25, 2023|Categories: 18 plus, Arts, Employability, Life skills, Opportunities|0 Comments

New opportunity – BBC Young Reporter 2023

BBC Young Reporter Competition 2023 The BBC Young Reporter Competition is open until Friday 31 March 2023 for ages 11-18. Share your story for the chance to have it produced with the help of BBC journalists, producers and programme makers for broadcast on TV, radio, online or on social media. The theme is ‘Me and My World’ - entries can be written or recorded as a short video or audio clip. You can enter as an individual or as a group. Find out all about the competition and how to enter here: bbc.co.uk/teach/young-reporter/competition/zghcydm You'll find all of [...]

Previous Braille Art winners on why you should get involved!

VICTA's annual Braille Art competition is open and we think you should get involved! We chatted to winners from previous years about their entries and why they loved getting creative with Braille. In 2021 Joseph was the winner in our over 10s category with his chocolate braille creation! The image features a rocket launching into space made from chocolate buttons. Joseph tells us why he thinks Braille is so important to recognise and celebrate: "I think that Braille is an important skill for people of all different levels of vision impairment to learn. Although [...]

By |January 16, 2023|Categories: 10 to 13, 14 to 17, 18 plus, Arts, Be Inspired, Competition, Create|0 Comments

Short film ‘Picturesque’ aims to represent visually impaired LGBT+ people on screen

Ellie standing with here cane smiling in a field Written by Ellie Wallwork My name’s Ellie Wallwork, I’m 22 and I’m a visually impaired actor. I’ve known I wasn’t straight since I was about 14 and my sexuality, along with my disability, make up a huge part of who I am. I know I wouldn’t be the same person without these key parts of my identity. However, despite the fact that there are loads of queer blind people in the UK and all over the world, we don’t see that represented on-screen nearly enough. It’s [...]

By |September 28, 2022|Categories: 18 plus, Arts, Be Inspired, Create, Social|0 Comments

Monique’s art gallery

My name is Monique. Here is some of my art work I have created over the years. I’ve always been an artistic individual from a very young age. I started really honing in on my art more seriously when I took the subject for GCSE in school. In these classes I learnt different techniques and mediums of art I could work in. I don’t think that having a visual impairment restricts my ability to do art. I believe that having differences encourages individuality that makes someone’s art unique and stand out. Left: Pencil drawing [...]

By |September 7, 2022|Categories: 10 to 13, 14 to 17, 18 plus, Arts, Create, Uncategorized|0 Comments

I Can and I Will – A poem by Grace Hill

By Grace Hill I Can and I Will I can and I willClimb that hillI might be scaredBut I will get thereWith my courage and prideAnd a guide by my sideI can and I will. I can and I willClimb that hillI fear the heightBut I'll be alrightGripping onto my caneI will push through the rainBecause I can and I will. I can and I willClimb that hillI'm frightened to fallBut I can still have it allWe all can flyIf we spread our wings and tryI can and I will. About Grace... [...]

By |August 19, 2022|Categories: 14 to 17, 18 plus, Arts, Be Inspired, Create, Poetry, Strive|Tags: |0 Comments
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