Six children from Chailey Heritage School took part in a special workshop at Fabrica in Brighton.
They were testing the enAball, an award-winning invention by a group of University of Brighton students, which allows wheelchair users the opportunity to express their creativity through art.
The portable and adaptable painting device uses the latest in 3D printing technology. Once attached to the artist’s wheelchair, it follows their movements allowing the individual to paint independently, while having a removable paint cavity to allow for easy colour changing, maintenance and cleaning.
The students started by free painting to get them used to the enABall before progressing to ‘join-the-dot’ templates that really tested coordination before finally collaborating on very large shared canvas.
Physical Inclusion Coordinator from Chailey Heritage, Al Carter, commented, “it’s been such a great experience for everyone. We’ve got six students here today who each control or use their wheelchairs differently and they have all been able to experience painting and they have created some fantastic pieces of art. Thank you to the Fabrica and enABall teams for making today’s session happen.”
The workshop with Chailey is part of DRAWin, an international festival for live drawing performance organized by Draw to Perform and hosted by Fabrica Gallery (3-4 April) in collaboration with South East Dance.
Sally-Anne Murray, Development Director for Chailey Heritage Foundation comments, “The children are so excited to be trialling this amazing local invention. Visual art is a great way for many of our children, who are non-verbal, to express themselves and to increase their wellbeing. Working with the students at the University to prototype this to ensure it has the best user outcomes is amazing.”
Chailey Heritage Foundation (CHF) is a Sussex based charity, that educates and cares for 220 children and young people with complex disabilities and high health needs.
CHF is fundraising the last £300,000 to help build its D.R.E.A.M. Centre, a state-of-the-art, purpose built environment where the whole Chailey Heritage community can come together to undertake art, entertainment and sporting activities.
To donate, visit www.thedreamcentreappeal.org.uk