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This project was funded by Artswork

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Beat Sculpture was a project run as a partnership between OYAP Trust, Autism Family Support and one of OYAP's young leader, artist Ashton Mills, and his new company re:resonate. It aimed to help an inclusive group of young people come together to explore new technology and create a sensory sound installation at The Studio in the summer of 2014.  

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“The mentoring has been one of the stand out parts of the course for me.  My mentor has provided incredible support with all aspects of the course but most significantly for me she has kept me focussed on my real long term goal of establishing myself as a professional artist and developing my practice.”

One of the most valuable elements of the programme is the opportunity to be mentored by an experienced professional from the creative and cultural sector. Mentoring not only delivers enhanced skills through supportive relationships but also encourages self-directed learning and models behaviours that encourage growth in others.

Outcomes of this project included:


Improving the delivery of arts and cultural opportunities for yong people, including young people on the autism spectrum

Arts Award Discover accreditation achieved by 10 young people

Creative use of innovative technology

Personal skills enhanced in team work, communication and confidence

Friendships developed

Parental engagement

Fortifying an interest in digital media

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Young people learnt how to record sounds, digitally alter sounds, create beats and rap lyrics, wire a whole room into a digital sound installation, and physically create and  program sound boards that interact with computers.


Feedback from those involved:

‘I didn’t want to come in the first place because I wasn’t sure about it, but I am really glad I did. It’s been an amazing experience’

'He wouldn’t stop talking about it!’

'It’s been a formative experience for me to see how what you do as an artist can change the lives of young people. It’s made me see my opportunity to use what I have to help other people. What I can offer is of use and I can develop myself and other people.'

Beat Sculpture

This project was funded by Artswork