"I N K is for disabled people to be heard and let you know how we feel, so people don’t jump to conclusions about people with disabilities. People focus on our ability not disability.” - I N K Participant
Now in its second year, I N K Oxford is empowering young people with disabilities to develop artistic talent and to learn professional skills which can lead to future employment. Disabled young people and allies participate in a bespoke programme that teaches the fundamentals of art and design as well as employability skills.
Weekly half-day workshops facilitated by professional artists, are currently catering for a group of around 10 participants and we hope to reach around 40 young disabled adults by the end of 2019.
In addition to the workshops, a designer is turning the artwork from our artists into saleable merchandise, so I N K participants can gain employment experience through the sale of their work at markets, in shops and online.
Designs & Merchandise from I N K Artists have been made into wrapping paper, greetings cards and notebooks. More ideas are in motion!
In Collaboration with Keen Oxford and support from the Ark-T Centre | I N K Oxford is an arts workshop series enhancing employability skills and exploring the creative talents of disabled adults in Oxfordshire.
After leaving college in 2017, Minty Hoyer Millar and mother Pip Hoyer Millar put the wheels in motion to start an arts-based social enterprise model to bridge a gap in the community which they experienced first hand. With a strong movement growing in East Oxford in response to the Ark-T Centre's Roar Festival celebrating inclusivity in the Arts, I N K Oxford was born!
Our vision is to see I N K Oxford as an independently lead organization being run and developed by adults with disabilities and allies.