This project supported by develops the FWYA project of 2008-9.
This new project cultivated the practice assimilated during the pilot and expanded the work through research, artist development and interdisciplinary performance.
Invisible Duets was an interdisciplinary, audience responsive, performance installation (see performance projects).
This film was commissioned by the hospital in 2013 and offers insight into Small Things practice at Alder Hey.
Through regular CPD opportunities Small Things shared their approach and provided a space for artists to dialogue and develop their own practice in health. These included regular dance and health sessions and retreats led by Small Things and invited artists Miranda Tufnell, Joe Moran and Helen Poynor.
In addition, over two years we took seven apprentices into the hospital to observe our practice and offer mentoring in developing their own practice. The apprentices were Lucy Ann Newton, Sophie Galvin, Samantha Hickey, Laura Williamson, Emma Avery, Jamie Ellicot and Stacey Weaver.
Following this project in 2014 Small Things Dance Collective and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital won the NHS England Award-Children and Young People’s Award for Excellence in Participation.