I can only dream of living things being made out of letters

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The title of this publication I can only dream of living things being made out of letters was a statement made by artist Evan Bond during a series of online artist meetings that took place during Spring and Summer 2020. These meetings, between artists Lydia CS, Natalie Zervou-Kerruish and Evan Bond, were instigated as a way to keep a connection between the artist team that leads Camden Art Centre’s Special Educational Needs Schools (SEN) Programme during the period the gallery was closed due to the global pandemic.

Split into themes, this publication is a record of that time, the artworks made by the artists and the conversations they had. It is also a provocation for future workshops, and a resource in itself to be enjoyed, navigated and played with by the people who encounter it. The publication takes the form of an interactive PDF and there are many ways to read this, whether it is theme-by-theme, or activity-by-activity, by clicking symbols to jump forwards and backwards, or being taken off into the digital realm to watch a video clip, listen to a playlist or view an artwork.

Camden Art Centre’s Special Educational Needs Schools Programme works in collaboration with young people, teachers and artists. The project addresses the lack of access for people with learning disabilities to creative experiences and careers in the visual arts. It aims to increase creative opportunities for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and to encourage confidence and independence through collaborative activities that champion all forms of communication and self-expression.

Our SEN Programme is generously supported by The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund, The Chapman Trust, City Bridge Trust, The Clore Duffield Foundation, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, The London Community Response Fund, The Robert Gavron Charitable Trust, The Sobell Foundation. Our Learning Programme is generously supported by John Lyons Charity and The John S Cohen Foundation.