Inés Soria-Donlan is a producer, cultural manager, practitioner and community researcher who is committed to supporting the arts and creative education from local to global contexts. A University of Manchester postgraduate, her recent publications include 'In Place of War: mobilising, empowering and connecting artist in sites of war, conflict and revolution' and ‘Humanitarianism 2.0’. Inés is currently director of productions and festivals at In Place of War and Learning & Participation Development Officer at South Asian Art UK. Inés has worked with 4D creative (now 4D Immersive) since 2013, and was their training & research coordinator from February 2014 until September 2015.
It’s 10.30am and fifteen Year 2 boys are huddled inside an old army parachute dappled in green and brown light, the noises of gunfire rattling in the distance, while outside they are confronted with life-size images of young soldiers in battle. Each child whispers to their partner as they write down their experiences. Which of these children are unengaged? Looking at the wonder and anticipation in all of the children’s faces as they scribble words and drawings on their paper, it’s hard to tell. And while we know each child will have different levels of engagement across different learning approaches, it reminds us that everybody has the capacity to be engaged.