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Gill Crawshaw

Gill Crawshaw has a history of using art to highlight disabled people’s inequality. In 2016 she curated "Shoddy" an exhibition of work by disabled artists, for a gallery in Leeds. Featuring textiles, that challenged negative assumptions during a time of austerity and cuts, which are disproportionately affecting disabled people.

Posts by Gill Crawshaw

Skye Shadowlight: modern day storyteller

Skye Shadowlight tells stories. Sometimes in words or text, but more often through found installations, objects, sculpture, performance and film. Her most recent work is Stinkadena, created as the recipient of the Square Peg bursary which is awarded to a disabled artist in the North of England. The artist talked ...

performer Demented Dave smiles from his chair

Leeds’ Beyond Festival: Moans and Solutions

Looking back to look forward: optimism for the future of learning disabled artists in Leeds, following the Beyond Festival. Seeking to show their city in new ways, with confident exhibitions, learning disabled artists showed their work across the city between 5 July – 22 July 2018. Review by Gill Crawshaw The ...

Photo of two pints of beer and beer mats with the artists' slogan

Leeds’ Beyond Festival: Re-presenting the city

Seeking to show their city in new ways, with confident exhibitions presented in Leeds' Beyond Festival, learning disabled artists showed their work across the city between 5 July - 22 July 2018. Review by Gill Crawshaw At one of the exhibitions in the Beyond festival, I overheard other visitors likening Stephen ...

Two rappers sitting in a junkyard

Alan Clay, the lyrical legend from Leeds performs Skip Rap

Skip Rap is learning-disabled artist, performer, stand up comedian and rapper Alan 'Cool' Clay's debut solo show. It fuses hip-hop, theatre, digital imagery and junk, ruminating on what it's like to be treated like trash. Vicky Hiles and Gill Crawshaw went to see Skip Rap at Mind the Gap Studios in ...

Colourful digital image of a woman with a cat mask and many arms

Unexpected Engagement: Jason Wilsher-Mills beats the 20 metre rule…

Hull's year as UK City of Culture may be over, but there are still plenty of reasons to visit. Unexpected Engagement, Jason Wilsher-Mills' first solo exhibition, at Artlink Hull, is the perfect project to take the legacy of 2017 forward. Review by Gill Crawshaw Wilsher-Mills uses digital technology to produce exuberant, ...

Judith Scott and Saelia Aparicio,

Your Consequences Have Actions

Your Consequences Have Actions is the first solo show in the UK by Saelia Aparicio, shown alongside selected works from the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection by Aloise Corbaz, Madge Gill, Lee Godie, Martha Grunenwaldt, Marie Rose Lortet and Judith Scott. It is exhibiting at The Tetley, Leeds 24 November ...

Here’s one disabled curator!

As a disabled person currently studying an MA in Curation Practices, I was pleased to read Aidan Moesby’s article, Where are the disabled curators? last month. Is pleased the right word? Because Aidan outlines a number of persistent barriers, particularly prejudice and negativity, that disabled people trying to break into ...

Photo of an elderly woman sat on a chair whilst talking to the camera

‘The Circle and The Square’ reveals a history of disabled people in the textile industries

Suzanne Lacy’s film installation The Circle and The Square was shown at Northlight (Brierfield Mill) in the Pennines for two weeks last month. Gill Crawshaw reflects on the work produced by Super Slow Way to find a wealth of potential for an untold history of disabled people's lives. I could hear the ...

The cast of Tommy

Confusion follows a trip to see Ramps on the Moon theatre adaptation of the Who’s ‘Tommy’

I recently went to see the production of Tommy at West Yorkshire Playhouse. With shows by companies of disabled people or featuring disabled actors few and far between in Leeds, I was keen to see it. But I did have a bit of nervousness. I haven’t seen the film of ...