Training for Artists

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DIY has developed a range of training for practitioners and cultural organisations in areas such as creative evidencing and inclusive practice.

We run workshops for students of Applied Theatre and Disability Studies at a number of universities including University of Salford and University of Manchester.

We have also created and presented at a number of conferences. This includes

  • The Creative Minds North Conference in Manchester in 2017, where we collaborated with The Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company to run workshops around issues of Quality in Learning Disability Arts.
  • A Question of Leadership Conference at Liverpool Hope University in 2018 – please visit our dedicated page for more information on this.

DIY Artists and Supporters

The work of DIY is made possible by our pool of artists and supporters.

DIY runs regular workers meetings and provides Continuing Professional Development for all our associate artists and supporters.

If you are interested in joining DIY please send us an Expression of Interest to

This should be no longer than one side of A4 telling us:

  • a little bit about yourself, including your creative interests / experience
  • why you are interested in working with DIY, particularly your interest in developing your skills in accessible and inclusive practice.

Sharing the Space!

picture from our Sharing the Space training day

In June 2018 DIY ran our very first training session for drama workers and other creative practitioners – ‘ Sharing the Space!’

This proved to be a fantastic opportunity for members of  DIY Theatre Company to share our experiences  of creating multi-sensory, interactive and accessible theatre for young people with a range of learning disabilities.

Throughout the training day participants worked closely with company members to understand the techniques and principles we use at DIY and to explore how they could use them within their own practice. Participants experienced DIY’s current show, Give Me Space! and had the opportunity to create their own multi-sensory planets. 

Eleven people attended – some were local and some had travelled quite a distance to attend the day.  – and we had some very positive feedback from participants, which will be very useful in shaping training sessions in the future. 

What people said about Sharing the Space:

You created such an open environment which allowed us the freedom to experiment and ask questions. I loved having the opportunity to work with DIY cast members in the break out groups”

Great friendly atmosphere, role modelling, handing over leadership to LD adults

Loved the practical elements during the afternoon. Fab sharing of the space.

It made me realise how you can achieve. To keep an open mind on the different things you can do

It has given me confidence that a programme could be developed in which learning disabled adults could deliver for the benefit of learning disabled young people

Thank you for such a valuable, inclusive and inspiring event