Thursday 24th March 2016

Blog Post: Is the town even ours? When we can’t get in or to it?

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Game of Access is a new Heart of Glass project made with disabled people from across St Helens and a team of artists including Lead Artist Michelle Wren. Weekly sessions are currently taking place at The Citadel Theatre. The process of the project will result in the creation of a new board game for people to play and explore themes related to access.

Michelle Wren is an artist involved in the project. Read her latest blog on Game of Access here:

“From the power of banana to the relaxation of a bench”

 The project is almost halfway through now. Up to this point we have been gathering information and trialling different creative processes to make the sessions accessible for everyone.

From the power of the banana to the relaxation of a bench, from the glass doors that don’t let you in to falling out of your wheelchair trying to enter buildings.

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We are collating this information to make a game, a game about our town and us in it. Is the town even ours? When we can’t get in or to it? This game will allow us to put ourselves “On The Map” and at the same time educate people about our experience.

‪As we enter the second phase of the project we are beginning to collate all the information during separate sessions to design a game to play with the public (dates and venue of sessions to be confirmed, anyone with an interest is welcome).

All the information from the design group will be fed back to the sessions at The Citadel where we will create the artwork and text for the game and do trials of the prototype at the same time as developing more content.

‪Keep your eyes and ears peeled, #OnTheMap you will see us around the streets of town as our work from the sessions is displayed in public art takeovers.

Please remember this project is open for any disabled people to input into and we would love to hear from you!  onthemaponthemap14