Alternative Education Project for
Year 10 pupils

An exhibition of Contemporary Art by students of Westborough High School.

From January - March 2010, a group of pupils worked with Amy Hirst at West Yorkshire Print Workshop to design their own exhibition and preview event.

Developed in partnership with Dewsbury based Westborough High School the project is designed to enable pupils to achieve three credits from the ASDAN accredited Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE).

This is the second year that Westborough High School have commisioned Sensation to deliver this vocational module in Expressive Arts.

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Puppetry and Storytelling at
Cottlingley Cornerstones Centre

Sensation Arts were commissioned by Bradford District Care Trust to deliver a series of 10 week courses exploring puppet making and storytelling for Adults with a Learning Disability. The participants learnt new creative skills and developed their confidence. The project was focused on participants telling their own stories and looked at ways to enable those with complex needs to express themselves and communicate ideas. The project was delivered from October 2008 - August 2009.
Latest Projects

Puppetry Residency at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Amy Hirst delivered the Ignite Programme 2012- 2013 at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

The Ignite programe involved a series of artist residencies in 18 schools across Wakefield exploring Puppetry and Storytelling, using natural materials and the outdoors as inspiration.
The Ignite Artist in Schools Programme is an annual bursuary scheme for Artists developing their career, to work with children of all ages and abilities including those with learning and/or emotional difficulties.

The residencies promote learning outside the classroom, giving schools the opportunity to work with a different Artist each year.

A resource for teachers developed from the project is available to download from the YSP website

Read the blog of the project.

Nuturing Spaces

A TaMHS project (Targeted Mental Health in Schools) at
Colne Valley Specialist Arts College in partnership with Loca; funded by NHS Kirklees.
Artists Amy Hirst and Fiona Goodwin worked with Mary Robson to deliver an interior design  and makeover project for Year 7 and 8 students. Exploring themes of nuturing and flourishing we worked with the young people to create an environment dedicated to one-to-one and small group work.


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Storytelling with Families

Sensation Arts worked in partnership with Fairfield School in Batley, West Yorkshire to deliver a series of workshops aimed at inspiring and developing the confidence of parents to tell and invent stories with their children.

Fairfield School caters for pupils with severe and profound learning disabilities from ages 3 - 19.
Storytelling Project at Thornhill Lees Library, North Kirklees.
Pupils from Ravenshall School in Ravensthorpe became the authors of the stories during a unique project with Kirklees Libraries and Sensation that introduced young people to their local library. Read the full article on the Kirklees Council website   

 Press article
The Feel Good Shop

Amy Hirst teamed up with Artists Annie Beech and Jana Dostalova to create The Feel Good Shop for Pigs might Fly Festival of Arts & Mental Health in 2009. We transformed a retail unit in a shopping centre in Huddersfield into a space where people came to share their ideas, indulge their senses and discover the things that make us all feel good. Through different multi-sensory zones we collected ideas and stories from the public about feeling good about ourselves.

From Special schools to Libraries, Adult services to Secondary schools, Sensation Arts works in close partnership with organisations on the planning and development of new projects.

Selected highlights include:
Acorns Children's Hospice Project

Sensory Storytelling with young people with profound and multiple learning difficulties.
Creating stories based on an individual's response to tactile, visual and auditory experiences.

Arts Space Acorns website
D Shop commissions

The d shop is a shop with a difference, a unique place in the centre of Dewsbury; a place of interaction, conversation and inspiration.

Amy Hirst worked during the first 12 month phase of the project through Collaborative Artist residencies.

  'Curiosity shop' 1 month Artist residency
Interior design commission. 1 month in residence in the shop. Collaborating with Textile Artist Karen Stansfield

Collaborative residency
Creative interventions inviting people to engage and make their contribution. The residency culminated in an Installation and public event taking the audience on a journey through the space celebrating the success of the 12 month project.

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The d shop project was part of The Dewsbury Ambition and Aspiration Programme , an initiative by Kirklees Council in partnership with Yorkshire Forward.
The initial programme ran from Feb 2010 - Feb 2011, the space now in its second phase offers training and learning programmes for residents of Dewsbury

the d shop - developing Dewsbury differently

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Encounters Shop

Amy Hirst was initially involved in the d shop programme as a support artist working
with Encounters 
during their 3 month residency in the shop which launched this exciting new space in Dewsbury. She took part in Artist mentoring with Ruth Ben-Tovim which focused on creating an interactive artwork 'Sense of Dewsbury' and engaging the public in activity within the shop space.

We would like to acknowledge the invaluable support received through the artists mentoring element of this project.

Encounters are a company of artists with a highly imaginative socially engaged practice. They were in residence in the shop in Dewsbury from March to June 2010 delivering accessible and thought-provoking 'Invitations To Join In' and workshops around Dewsbury's neighbourhoods.