Nurture Network is Attenborough’s Sensory Artists’ Network, an online space for artists to have discussions around participatory art, inclusive delivery and other important topics around SEND and neurodiverse participatory work.
Nurture Network hosts a bi-monthly online meeting that increases our network of artists sharing our ethos of work in SEND settings, offering development opportunities to artists and providing a safe space for artists to share, connect, and develop their practice.
Drawing on the core learning team at Attenborough’s experiences of freelance working, CPD events, and online meetings, we developed a simple structure for the sessions.
Each session begins with a calm mindfulness exercise; a guest speaker shares a ‘warts and all’ view of their approaches, successes and failures; an open space breakout allows artists to discuss burning issues with personal action setting focus; and lastly, space to network and share work is included.
We keep the agenda to a strict 90 minute call to prevent ‘zoom fatigue’ and have now set up a Padlet to park topics of discussion to continue outside of sessions, although this is in its infancy and another channel may prove more effective as this develops.
Nurture Artists Alumni
- Debbie Bandara- Forest Tribe
- Dr Gill Brigg
- Sam Metz
- Mahlia Amatina
- Mark and Esther Anderson- Infuse Dance
- Sian Watson-Taylor
- Amy Williams- SEND Teacher Ashmount Academy
- Gemma Fuller- SEND Teacher Ellesmere College
- Marianne Scahill-Pape- Max Literacy
- Jon Berkavitch- Max Literacy
- Wai Sum Chong- Rhythm Circle
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