AUTISTIC SPECTRUM DISORDER PROJECTS
TURTLE KEY ARTS HAS BEEN INNOVATIVE IN CREATING PARTICIPATION PROJECTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH AUTISTIC SPECTRUM DISORDERS.
They first started working in this field in 2001 with Turtle Opera, a Royal Opera House partnership. As well as the current projects The Key Club and Musical Portraits, previous projects include: Turtle Opera with the Royal Opera House, Every Picture Tells a Story with the National Portrait Gallery, DJ Bach with Wigmore Hall, OSJ Key Rhythms with the Orchestra of St. John's, a Filmmaking Course with Paddington Arts and Dance is Key with Jacksons Lane.
SPECTRUM YOUTH THEATRE (2014)
WORD OF MOUTH (2012 & 2013)
TURTLE MUSIC (2010)
DJ BACH (2009)
EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY (2009)
OSJ KEY RHYTHMS (2008)
TURTLE OPERA (2001-2007)
DOCUMENTARY FILM MAKING (2006-2008)
DANCE IS KEY (2002)
SPECTRUM YOUTH THEATRE (2014) Each Saturday during the spring term, twelve 11-14 year olds with ASD made puppets and created their own play working with a Little Angel Theatre puppet maker and director.
WORD OF MOUTH (2012 & 2013) A series of poetry writing workshops for young people with ASD, run in partnership with Paddington Arts and Hillingdon School. Over several weeks the young people worked together with a professional poet to write their own poems, then worked with a film artist to bring them to life in sound and film.
TURTLE MUSIC (2010) A spring half-term week of free music and drama workshops for 10 - 14 year olds with ASD held at The Baytree Centre, Brixton.
DJ BACH (2009) This was the first of many collaborations with The Wigmore Hall, held on one Saturday in April it was a music project for young people with ASD. Working with composer Jackie Walduck and Wigmore Hall's resident education ensemble, the young people experienced Bach as he has never been heard before and spent the day discovering and reshaping some of the most inspiring music ever written.
EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY (2009) Teaming up with The Wigmore Hall again and with the National Portrait Gallery Every Picture Tells A Story was a week-long film making course inspired by the portraits in the National Portrait Gallery for 12 to 15 year olds with ASD.
OSJ KEY RHYTHMS (2008) A workshop run in collaboration with the Orchestra of Saint Johns for children with ASD. During the one week course, the participants worked with members of the OSJ and an artist and movement director from Turtle Key Arts to make instruments from recycled household objects and create a short piece of music and movement which was performed at the Wigmore Hall.
TURTLE OPERA (2001-2007) Turtle Opera was a drama and music project for 10-14 year olds with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Founded in 2001 and held each year till 2007. Turtle Opera was a collaboration between The Royal Opera House and Turtle Key Arts. Turtle Opera, free for all the participants, was based at the Royal Opera House and ran between May and July as ten half-day Saturday workshops that culminated in a performance attended by the participants’ family and friends and interested professionals. The workshop leaders led the series with expertise in drama, music, movement, and visual art supported by members of the Opera House orchestra.
“I don’t mean to be dramatic about it but Turtle Opera has completely changed our lives. Pascal walked out of the first session, and it was as if “Oh my god, it’s ok to be autistic”. For the first time in his life he picked up the phone and he now talks regularly to his grandparents in Australia. He is a changed child.” Mother of a participant.
DOCUMENTARY FILM MAKING (2006-2008) In partnership with Paddington Arts, this free course was for people aged 16 to 26 with ASD, meeting once a week for seven months the participants produced their own documentary film that focused on issues relevant to the lives of young people today and provided an Open College Network Qualification.
DANCE IS KEY (2002) Dance Is Key was a free week long collaborative dance and movement project between Turtle Key Arts and Jackson's Lane Arts Centre for young people aged 9 - 14 years with ASD and concluded with a performance for family, friends and interested professionals.