Inspiring Creative Expression
Formed in 2006, InnerSense is a registered charity which for many years provided multi-sensory creative arts workshops for people with a wide range of learning disabilities across the spectrum, including moderate, severe, profound and multiple disability. Many clients had additional sensory and physical impairments and/or challenging behaviour making interacting and communicating very difficult.
Our artist team has over 20 years experience working in arts and disability. In our workshops, people who rarely speak were inspired to sing, those who rarely move, to dance and those who were trapped in their own worlds, to explore another imaginative world where communication becomes a possibility.
The InnerSense App provides a unique resource of multisensory theatre ideas and practical methods for engaging people of all ages and abilities. You can also find detailed ways of working with different props and resources, and how to run themed activities and workshops on our Resources page.
The artistic process we have developed facilitates opportunities for engagement and interaction using multisensory resources.
Every term, a theme is chosen and the artist teams contribute ideas for workshops. These are honed by the 'Build Team' who will create the environments in which participants can explore their own creativity.Each week the studio is transformed into a different theatrical environment,
filled with imaginative props and musical instruments designed to inspire the creative talents of our participants. The workshop programme evolves directly in response to our clients’ needs. It is developmental.
Improvising together through the mediums of music, dance and drama we create amazing transitory pieces of immersive theatre every session.
A unique feature of InnerSense is the way in which the environment and workshop cater for the widely differing needs of our clients - people with PMLD are encouraged to explore the textures, tastes, sounds of the environment, people with autism may have special ‘safe’ areas from where they can participate, people with MLD may explore the narrative, sequential elements of the theme.
Experience shows that a lighting change, the sound of an instrument, the texture of a beautiful cloth, a puppet, can elicit incredible responses and creativity. When planning the workshops all of these components are carefully considered and implemented.