What We Do

Carousel is an award-winning charity supporting learning disabled people to achieve their artistic ambitions. We believe that learning disabled artists make a vital contribution to the world we live in; they are central to decision making and delivery of the work produced.

Developing the creative skills of individuals and groups, in long and short-term projects, enables our artists to become leaders in their field and gain recognition for their work.

Carousel has a national and international reach through touring bands, Oska Bright Film Festival and Creative Minds. It has been an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation since 2015.

Whilst many of our artistic activities are programmed for the years ahead, there are ways to get involved with our work as an artist or volunteer, as audience or as a supporter. 

Film & Digital Media

Our Film & Digital Media works spans many platforms, from the award-winning Oska Bright Film Festival, to an online graphic novel, Curing Perfect.

Training & Resources

We offer a wide range of training for schools and organisations. All of our training is devised and delivered with learning disabled artists.

Music & Spoken Word

We run live music events throughout the year, with opportunities for musicians to get involved. We also have an award-winning podcast and other spoken word work.

Our Artists

We work with a large number of individual artists and bands to develop their creative and performance skills through
tailor-made work plans.

Take a look at our Annual Report to see the great work we got up to over the last year.

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