About the Academy
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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Each One Day course takes place on a different day so you can sign up to just one, or all four.
Applicants must be over the age of 18 on 1 September 2021 and have a learning disability and/or autism.
All courses start in September 2021
Courses run for 35 weeks and are split into terms. We follow Bradford school holiday dates.
A typical day runs from 10am – 3pm (4 guided learning hours per day).
Courses cost around £40 per day but this can usually be covered by your personal budgets or your local authority. Please speak to your social worker or call us on 01274 487390 for more information.
Mind the Gap Studios
Situated in the heart of one of Bradford’s most iconic buildings, Mind the Gap Studios features an impressive 122 seat theatre, three stunning studio spaces, two meeting rooms, and a bright and airy central space where everyone can gather, eat, drink, get creative, or just chill and chat.
Let Artist Liam Bairstow show you around in our virtual tour…
Want to try out the Academy? Arrange a Taster Session and spend some time with our current students on the course of your choice.
Meet the tutors, get to know the building and try out the kind of work you will be doing if you join one of our courses.
To arrange a Taster Session, click the button below or call 01274 487390.Contact us
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