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Workshop/Course, from 23 May 2019

How to be a Dyslexic Artist and Other Stories pt.2

How to be a Dyslexic Artist and Other Stories pt.2


An opportunity for dyslexic adults ages 18+ including one to one skills and mentoring support over nine weekly sessions.

How to be a Dyslexic Artist! is the first course of its kind, a multi-artform, nine-week programme for adult dyslexics of all skill levels and backgrounds. As well as the weekly presentations and practical workshops there will also be one to one support and review sessions. The course provides a unique opportunity to take part in workshops and discussions around personal experiences of being dyslexic as an inspiration to develop new creative artworks for public display on the Participation Floor at The Tetley. 

The course is delivered by artist / consultant Benedict Phillips and his team, who bring with them a wide range of skills including, sculpture techniques, creative writing, costume design and production, photography and performance art. The team will work with you over weekly sessions to help you create a personal manifesto, props and costume to generate an ‘alternative persona’ resulting in a studio based photographic portrait. 

The sessions will reflect on dyslexic experiences and attributes that are often interpreted as negative or just misunderstood. Together, we will share and explore the strengths and skills that we have developed in opposition to standardised ways of thinking and doing. We will also explore our strengths and individual solutions to the complex questions asked of and by dyslexics in our text-dominated society. 

How to apply

The course is suitable for dyslexic adults (18+) based in Leeds who have been through the experience of assessment. This experience will be part of the landscape we explore on the course. All abilities and backgrounds are welcome, including HE / FE students, recent graduates, those not in employment or education, arts professionals and educators.

No formal training in the arts is required, but we are looking for individuals who can demonstrate a strong interest in expanding or developing their creative practice to develop a personal project in response to their life experience as an adult dyslexic.

There are ten places available on the course, and the final selection will be made by a panel including Benedict, three arts professionals and an SpLD specialist.

Please fill in the short online form to apply here [/%20].

*Please note that the form includes options for audio/video applications

About the course

Supported by Leeds Inspired and The Tetley, How to be a Dyslexic Artist! is free of charge to all participants, including materials and exhibition costs. A travel bursary within Leeds is also available for a limited number of participants - please let us know if you would like to claim this on your application form.

Participants will benefit from:

Mentoring and practical tuition from professional artists/makers
Discussion and sharing of practical methods for utilising your dyslexia attributes
Increased knowledge of arts and dyslexia through interaction with a peer group and specialist facilitators
Production of high quality work with professional assistance
A public display on the Participation Floor at The Tetley for sharing with family, friends and peers
Practical making and design skills that can be further developed beyond the project.
Optional one to one support will outside of the workshop sessions

Application deadline: 6pm,March 14th

Successful applicants notified: March 21st

Course dates (Thursday evenings 6pm - 8:30pm) at The Tetley:

April 11th / 18th / 25th / May 2nd / (break) / 16th / 23rd / 30th / June 6th

Studio Photo shoot sessions will take place between 8th-16th June

Public display on the Participation Floor, at The Tetley: July/August (date tbc) 


Contact Benedict Phillips with any questions or if you require and additional support with your application (please allow a few days to receive a response) -

Read more about Benedict’s work here [].

This project is supported by Leeds Inspired, The Tetley and Arts Council England facilitated by Digital Media Labs.

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 23 May 2019 18:00 to 00:00
Thu 30 May 2019 18:00 to 00:00
Thu 6 Jun 2019 18:00 to 00:00
Thu 13 Jun 2019 18:00 to 00:00


Ten places are avaialble on the course, please use the short online form to apply: []



    Benedict Phillips - Artist


    Hunslet Road,
    LS10 1JQ



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