For Castlefield Gallery Associate Members only
Starling run arts-based projects for neurodivergent young people aged 13-25, focusing on creativity as a means of self-expression, positivity, and a way to meet like-minded people. Collaborating with diverse creatives and a group of Neurodiversity Champions to develop and shape new projects. Sarah Evelyn Marsh has worked with Starling over a number of years. Throughout Covid lockdowns Sarah and Starling developed a ‘Creative Takeaway’ project with young people; making sensory sculptural objects as part of her ongoing practice The Sensory Toolkit. Using found and repurposed materials Sarah experiments with weight, scent, texture and movement to create tactile forms that heighten or calm the senses. She is proactive in the promotion of Creativity as a tool for expression, communication and wellbeing and has worked with international art institutions and organisations that include The Mosiac Rooms (LDN), UCLan, The Royal Academy, Tate Galleries, The Whitworth, U-Jadowski Contemporary Gallery, Warsaw (PL), Galeria Labirynt, Lublin (PL), Manchester Art Gallery, Łaznia Centre for Contemporary Arts, Gdansk (PL), The British Council, Arts Council England, a-n: The Artists Information Company, Access Art, The Wildlife Trust, Clore Duffield Foundation, Heritage Lottery Funding and city councils across the UK.
For the in-conversation Sarah and Katie will share their experiences, Starling’s approach to collaborating with creatives and how they both consistently learn from and are inspired by the neurodivergent communities they work with.
Image: Sarah Evelyn Marsh, The Mosaic Rooms, 2022