In June we held a week long pop-up exhibition at Chapter Arts Centre where over 200 members of the public visited.
They learned about the lives of people with a learning disability A learning disability is to do with the way someone's brain works. It makes it harder for someone to learn, understand or do things. and their aspirations around friendships and romantic relationships Relationships are about the people in your life. You might have different types of relationships like friendships, family relationships, or a boyfriend or girlfriend. .
We also held 3 events during the exhibition; Smutslam and Disastrous Dates, which you'll hear more about from Alex later on.
Our third event was Drag Syndrome. We held this event to mark the closure of the exhibition and the amazing Drag Syndrome performed for us at the Tramshed.
Drag Syndrome performed a number of songs, the highlight be ing when everyone with a learning disability got up on stage and sang This Is Me (from the film The Greatest Showman). You can see highlights from the show here.
On 2 September 2019 we placed 10 audio pods around Wrexham town centre. These devices will be in place until Friday 1 November.
We want to the people of Wrexham to hear the stories we have collected. Rather than have an exhibition in a museum, the final year of the project will see these stories placed in community A community is the people and places in an area. spaces and businesses. Take a look at where these can be found using this map image.
Short film and mobile apps
You can download the app and listen to some of the oral histories we have collected and learn more about the project. Do this by scanning this QR code (just open the camera on your device and hold it up to the QR code).
We have also just launched the Our Social Networks short film. It was directed by Clare Sturges with production support from LikeAnEgg Productions.
The short film features a number of people with a learning disability discussing love and friendship means to them.
Please tell your colleagues and networks about our app and short film!
On Friday 11 October we held a seminar at the Catrin Finch Centre.
We talked about some of the themes to come out of our oral history interviews. We also shared our film and tell the stories so people can hear them in more detail.
Our Social Networks aims to collect the stories of friendships and relationships experienced by people with a learning disability in Wales.
Find out more about this project and how you can get involved.