ADT's 2011 Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting

The Arts Dyslexia Trust's 2011 Annual General Meeting took place on Sunday 11th September 2011 at 2.30pm at Wye in Kent. Below is the Chairman's report summarizing the events of the year:

In view of the general economic circumstances it was felt that we should try to forge links with other groups whose aims our compatible with ours, so as to increase the chances of acquiring funds. This policy has already borne fruit.

We formed an alliance with AchieveAbility who was considering putting forward a proposal for the Olympiad Inspire programme, which entailed working with schools in East London to produce posters. We agreed to supply the artists needed to run these courses.

A list was drawn up of twenty professional artists from ADT membership who had considerable experience of running these sort of courses and who were themselves successful practitioners of a particular discipline or disciplines in the arts. From this list nine were selected as leaders who would altogether, it was hoped, cover a wide range of opportunity for the pupils taking part.

Katherine Hewlett of AchieveAbility initiated the project and took on all the administration work of making applications for funding, which was successful in obtaining a grant from Tesco of £4,000. The grant was put forward and accepted in the name of the Arts Dyslexia Trust.  

Withstanding the expected hazards of sudden commissions, illness, or general pressure of work on the artists concerned entailing alterations to the planning stage, the courses are now set to go ahead from 17th September this year.  We hope this project will benefit both AchieveAbility and the ADT and that we may be able to work together successfully on other projects in the future.

Another high point in the year was Dr Beverley Steffert’s presentation to the BDA Conference at Harrogate.  A transcript of her paper has been put on our web site and we can also print copies for you here if you so wish. It was very well received at the conference and she made several useful new contacts.

Among her ideas for the future is to draw up a plan for all schools to help them identify the visual-spatial thinkers in their classes, which includes, of course, the dyslexics. We would welcome your suggestions or comments on this proposal.

Finally, the redesigned new web site is now on line and available for you to view here. An Editor and a Project Manager have been appointed and arrangements have been made for individual Members to have their own access to the site.  We look forward very much to hearing their views and to seeing examples of their work. I am sure you will join me in offering a huge vote of thanks to James Aitken who has spent an enormous amount of time and energy on setting up the new site.