SOAS University of London

SOAS student involved in initiative to provide neurodiverse art training to disadvantaged communities

6 May 2021

The Hart Club is a unique arts organisation whose focus is championing neurodiversity in the arts. Lucie Massey (MA Global Creative & Cultural Industries) is involved in the project to develop a summer arts programme called Hart School. Targeting individuals who are normally excluded from similar opportunities, the pilot programme will launch this Summer, with six students from diverse backgrounds, age groups and access needs. Hart School 2021 will provide a model for alternative teaching methods and Arts access that we aim to roll out further in the coming years.

The initiative currently has a crowdfunding campaign for the project in order to make it free, inclusive and accessible.

On the crowdfunding campaign Lucie Massey said:

"We need to prove that this idea is supported by as many people as possible. So, the amount of money donated is less important than the sum of backers who show support. So even a £5 donation with a supportive comment is a massive help in showing that there is a community of people who think our project is a good idea!

We are ramping up our fundraising efforts and moving into our second phase of fundraising, which includes the launch of our online shop and an art auction that will include limited edition prints as well as one off pieces from Sara Berman, Jane Bustin and Ian Davenport."

Dr Caspar Melville, Convenor of the MA in Global Creative & Cultural Industries, School of Arts said:
'SOAS students don't just study the world, they change it. This often comes by rethinking how education happens and creating new pathways for access. This is why I love the Hart School idea that my MA student Lucie is collaborating on, which is opening up access to art facilities and training for people who are too often excluded, and using digital crowd-funding to build a community of support and knowledge exchange. Through local initiatives like this SOAS students put their values into action."

The campaign has hit 45% of its target, support the campaign now to reach 100% by 27 July 2021.

Find out more about Hart Club.

Hart School