About Us

 

Different Planet Arts sprang out of multimedia / theatre collaboration between Paddington Arts, Same Sky and Turtle Keys Arts. After a very successful 6 years running theatrical events for people with special needs and learning difficulties based on Outer Space a new company was born. Different Planet Arts is an exciting cross arts initiative aimed at hard to reach individuals and communities.

We have combined our skills and experience as performers, visual and digital artists, musicians, drama therapists, storytellers, and facilitators to create this vibrant new company.

We encourage reverse inclusion in the projects, with the aim of providing a diverse cultural platform that is accessible to all.

We undertake a range of cross arts and commercial commissions. These include participatory theatre and performances, installations, site specific and touring shows and workshops. We work with a wide variety of artists and practitioners including visual artists, actors, dancers, storytellers, digital artists, musicians and arts therapists. We can offer expertise for your project and events (creative direction, project management, specialist facilitation, production and creative learning). We offer bespoke, affordable projects and events for all ages and abilities.

We are :

Ariane Hadjilias

Ariane completed an MA in Dramatherapy at Roehampton University in 2007 and is a HPC registered Arts Psychotherapist and member of The British Association of Dramatherapists. Ariane studied physical theatre at the Desmond Jones School of Mime and Physical Theatre, and Commedia dell Arte and Mask Theatre at Centre Selavy in France and apprenticed in traditional storytelling with Ben Haggerty. She has pursued further training in Playback, Forum Theatre, fooling and clowning.
Ariane  has worked as a  freelance traditional storyteller for 12 years and devises and performs shows for adults and children, for the street, festivals, and stage in the UK and further afield. She has worked for The Southbank, The Round House Theatre, Liverpool Children’s Festival, The Komedia in Brighton, Ray Mears, The National Trust, WOMAD,  Groundwork and Edmonton International Storytelling Festival  . Ariane has worked extensively within cross-arts initiatives in community led arts as a workshop facilitator, producer and project manager in areas of theatre participation, engagement and diversity.Ariane is currently working as a Dramatherapist with children and adolescents for Whippersnappers and Kids Company. Before this she worked in adult mental health in a variety of settings including therapeutic communities and primary health care.

Gavin Taylor

Gavin holds a BA in Theatre from the University of New Hampshire and qualified as a dramatherapist at Roehampton University in 2008.  He has nearly two decades of experience developing theatre projects, primarily working in stagecraft, technical theatre and puppetry.  His arts in education and disability credits range from work with the Edinburgh Science Festival through the Little Angel Puppet Theatre to the City of London Festival. Since 2007 Gavin has helped manage advice, welfare and disability services at St. George’s, University of London.

Anna Savage Different Planet ArtsAnna Savage

Anna is a Brighton based inclusive artist, film maker, poet and teacher.
She has an MA in Inclusive Arts Practice from the University of Brighton and is currently studying part-time for her PhD. She works as Head of Art at The Lindfield School, a secondary special needs school in Eastbourne. 

In 2015, Anna set up “CAT: Creating Art Together”, a free art group for parents and carers of children with disabilities in Brighton funded by Springboard Grants and Scope.

Her work has been shared with local groups and organisations including Brighton Disability Research Network (University of Brighton), Cultureshift and BSMS (Brighton and Sussex Medical School).

Her film “Handle with Care” was shown at the De La Warr Pavilion and Crowborough Community Centre as part of Cultureshift’s “Get Connected” events. She has also shared work at C21 writing events including “Storying the Self” a symposium held at the University of Brighton and Sussex Carers’ Conference (BSMS).

Anna is a regular participant and contributor to Scope Local People’s Programme Brighton and is a mentor for The Girls’ Network. 

 

David Parker Different Planet Arts copyDavid Parker

David is currently the Senior Producer for Carousel, an arts organisation working with learning disabled artists to develop their artistic ambition and produce film, digital work, music and performance.

The Oska Bright Film Festival is one such project.  It is now in its 8th year and has received and shown short films made by learning disabled artists from over 15 countries worldwide.  The films are selected, curated and presented by a team of learning disabled exhibitors, artists and filmmakers.

David is also the co-founder of Figment Arts, a company set up to produce films, animations, projections, installations and exhibitions with people who have limited access to the arts.

David has a background in sculpture and animation and has produced commissions for Brighton Festival, the Barbican and Storm of Stories.

www.carousel.org.uk
www.figmentarts.co.uk

contact: david.parker@carousel.org.uk  01273 234734

Ginny Gerram Different Planet Arts

 Ginny Gerram

I have a long history of working with Children and young adults with complex physical disabilities at Chailey Heritage Foundation, whilst there I gained my NVQ Assessor and Internal Verifier Qualifications as well as gaining experience in Training and Development to support the education, children’s home and adult services.
Within my role of Treasurer, I also bring my knowledge of Financial Services, gained from an earlier career in Building Societies.

 

We are a Company Limited by Guarantee with a Charitable Memorandum and Articles of Association

Company Number 07297950.

 

Big lottery logo for reaching communities               Awards for All and Unity Theatre Trust funded.