Beautiful Difference Symposium

Putting the work of learning disabled artists centre stage.


Join us at our Beautiful Difference Symposium on Tuesday 6th & Wednesday 7th September 2022, 10am – 4pm.


There are 40 free places available for learning disabled artists, their supporters, and people who want to learn about learning disability practice.

Support to attend is available for those who have access needs and/or have a low income. Please get in touch with Kerri at Headway Arts to discuss your needs –


Beautiful Difference Symposium includes:

  • A platform placing leading learning disabled and neurodiverse artists centre stage.
  • A creative gathering in-person and online for performance, workshops, artistic exchange, talks and exhibition.
  • A social for meeting new people and networking over delicious lunch and refreshments.
  • A celebration of inclusive practice and Beautiful Difference!


A programme will be available soon.




Beautiful Difference is supported by Arts Council England.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of all our funders which currently includes:

  • Arts Council England
  • Blyth Town Council
  • Community Foundation
  • Edward Gostling Foundation – RW Mann Trust – Shears Foundation
  • Erasmus+
  • Great Northumberland
  • Hadrian Trust – High Sheriff of Northumberland – Rothley Trust
  • Heritage Fund
  • National Lottery Community Fund
  • Northumberland County Council
  • Postcode Community Trust
  • Sir James Knott Trust
  • The 1989 Willan Trust – Wellesley Trust
  • the Coalfields Regeneration Trust