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A Full Circle Event in association with Little Cog and ARC Stockton

Our Stomping Grounds Exhibition & Events

5 January – 2 February

The Our Stomping Grounds Exhibition idea came from ARC’s resident learning disability theatre company Full Circle. Building on the ideas of their SIRF commissioned performance Stomping Ground the company have been interested in themes of belonging, feeling valued and being able to thrive. It seemed like such an important time to connect and re-connect with other creative learning-disabled people across the Tees Valley – as safely as possible of course – to feel a strong sense of community and support and to reduce isolation after the effects of the lockdowns and shielding experiences we have had and some people continue to have.

This exhibition contains a number of elements – there is a wall showcasing some of Full Circle’s work over the last 10 years. There is a wall of surreal collages created by local residential home residents and Full Circle members who have been facilitating workshops illustrating that we need to look a little closer and see things from a different angle.

We have a wall of Footprint Tyretrack creative writing including poetry from STEPs, Full Circle and individual creatives.

Another wall takes us on a photographic journey of ‘our stomping grounds’ as local learning disabled people highlight places that mean something to them.

And our final wall if a group portrait wall celebrating some of our local artistic learning disability centred groups.

Thank you to ARC, the team at STEPs, John Dowson, to Longlast and Lorne House, and all the photographers, writers and artists, and all the groups involved. Thank you to Arts Council England for funding the project.


Private View – 5 January 6.00pm

There is a special private event for everyone involved in the exhibition, and their friends and families, at 6.00pm on Thursday 5 January. If you are involved in the exhibition and would like to attend please email [email protected] and please let us know of any access requirements for this event. Please note that numbers will be limited so booking soon is advised. Free teas, coffees and soft drinks will be provided.

Open Celebration Event – 1 February 3.15pm

There is a celebration of the exhibition on Wednesday 1 February at 3.15pm to which all are welcome but booking in advance is essential please. There will be speeches from some of those involved and light refreshments will be provided.

Numbers will be limited so do book in advance please. To book for this event please email [email protected] and please let us know of any access requirements for this event.