About Mind the Gap Academy

Mind the Gap nurtures and develops talented people with learning disabilities and autism through its Academy.

Mind the Gap has been running performance-based training courses for people with learning disabilities and autism for over 20 years. The Academy courses are now considered amongst the most established and internationally recognised training programmes of their kind.

All training is person-centred and offers various ways to learn with individual’s needs considered through regular assessment – we don’t lecture, we create and learn together. Mind the Gap’s core group of learning disabled and autistic Artists also work with and alongside the Academy, the students, and trainers.

Courses are delivered at the state of the art, fully accessible Mind the Gap Studios in Bradford, which are kitted out with everything a performer could possibly need. Students, artists, teachers, and collaborators share the same space to encourage personal development and sharing of ideas.

a Pakistani man in a pink jumper with short black hair and glasses has his right arm in the air. A woman in the foreground of the image with her back to the camera is touching his shoulder.
A room full of performers wearing all black outfits moving in front of a full wall mirror

The Academy brings in a range of external collaborators including arts industry leaders, theatre makers, voice coaches and dance teachers to ensure all students gain a wide range of arts training and a broad understanding of the creative world. It encourages personal and professional development in an environment that is constantly learning and developing.

From beginner and participatory one day per week courses to the three-year Performing Arts training programme, there’s something for all levels. You can also find out if the Academy is right for you through Taster Sessions and our Open Days. Have a look at what’s on offer below!

“Her confidence levels have improved so much in such a short time in a positive way, she’s happy, doesn’t want to miss a day and we’re never allowed to be late!”

Parent of One Day Music student

“It is important for us all to know that she is mixing with her peers, is being creative and imaginative. And also that she is being respected, encouraged and challenged. MTG does this.”

Parent of Totally Arts student

Recruitment for Mind the Gap Academy 2022/23 is now open!

Call 01274 487390 or fill in the form below to find out more!
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