gus garside

Gus GarsideGus Garside has extensive experience as a facilitator, trainer, musician, project manager and consultant working with people with a learning disability. He was the national arts development manager for Mencap working throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland from 1999-2013, with highlights including Mencap’s Cultural Olympiad, “We Dance” project and consultations with people with a learning disability for the UK City of Culture Derry-Londonderry 2013. Since leaving Mencap he has begun work on a range of projects including a learning disability led partnership project on quality in the arts (facilitating a team of learning disabled artists and performers to open a discussion with critics and promoters) and a multi-media project about relationships with young people with a learning disability in northern Ireland employing forum theatre style techniques. As a volunteer Gus is a trustee of Stay Up Late (, a charity which supports vulnerable people to lead more active social lives. Gus’s work is underpinned with three important factors: artistic quality and quality of experience for all involved; the involvement of disabled people in all aspects of the work (planning, as artists and performers, participants and evaluators); and sustained legacy.