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James Zatka-Haas

James Zatka - Haas is a Culture, Curation and Criticism graduate from Central Saint Martins. He was Unlimited's 2017 Trainee and regularly contributed to their blog. He is interested in all forms of art, but has a specific inkling towards literature, film and visual arts. He is a member of Artsadmin's Youth Board - a group of young creatives who put on events for various communities in Toynbee Studios.

Posts by James Zatka-Haas

sculpture consisting of a deckchair with wheels

Cumulative Effect: the recent Shape Open reflects on Disability and the welfare state

The aim of  this years’ Shape Open is quite simple, though the effects are, in truth, hard to bear says James Zatka-Haas reflecting on the recent Shape Open held in Hoxton Arches, London from 1-11 November 2018. Celebrating, or rather referencing the the National Assistance Act 70th anniversary – a ‘key ...

A blind musician dressed in white poses with his sitar

Baluji Shrivastav on inner vision and the will to support blind musicians, internationally

Following his return from India, where Indian born multi-instrumentalist Baluji Shrivastav and his orchestra performed Antardrishti – a reworking of the 11th chapter from the Hindu epic text Bhagavad Gita – James Zatka-Haas spoke with the virtuoso blind musician about this seminal musical journey. Antardrishti was commissioned by Unlimited (delivered ...

Photo of filmmaker Liz Crow dressed in a nazi uniform sitting in a wheelchair

BFI Presents: Ripping It Up

As part of the Unlimited Festival Southbank Centre showcased an evening of short films on 6th September. Work by filmmakers including Ted Evans, Aurora Fearnley and Liz Crow was shown, challenging established definitions of disability and deafness. James Zatka-Haas reviews. Why has the film industry taken so long to recognise disability ...

MagicCarpet Tapestry

Kai Syng Tan #MagicCarpet

Dr Kai Syng Tan’s ‘We sat on a mat and had a chat and made maps! #MagicCarpet’ is a practice-led research project weaving science and art together to celebrate mind wandering, magic carpets, mapping, making, making small talk and productive antagonisms. Kai Syng Tan delivered a talk and had one ...

Dan Daw sitting on a chair

Dan Daw & Aby Watson Double Bill

Dan Daw’s On One Condition and Aby Watson’s -ish were part of a double bill of contemporary dance exploring identity and disability on 9 September, as part of Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Festival. Review by James Zatka-Haas. On the final day of Southbank’s Unlimited festival, Artists Dan Daw and Aby Watson hosted ...

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The Voice of the Unicorn: exploring alienation, silence and the isolation of disabled artists

Richard Butchins is an artist and filmmaker who critiques mainstream perspectives on disability with unapologetic fervour. Following his success at the Sheffield Documentary Festival, where he won the The Alternate Realities Interactive Award for his work ‘The Voice of The Unicorn’ (TVTU), James Zatka-Haas sat down with him to discuss ...

James Leadbitter presenting to a group

Last Night Art Saved My Life: strategies for surviving

Last Night Art Saved my live was an informal series of discussions about arts and mental health, curated by the vacuum cleaner, produced by Artsadmin and hosted by the Live Art Development Agency (LADA) in London, 26 June. Artists Selina Thompson, Lucy Hutson, Bobby Baker, Hana Madness, Daniel Oliver and ...

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Discovering Horniman Museum’s new accessible offer

The Horniman Museum in London is a celebration of culture. Housing a renowned selection of artifacts and anthropological findings, the museum paints a world infinitely rich, varied and colourful. Now, with the reopening of their (highly accessible) World Gallery and the revamping of their Discovery Box series, Horniman has extended ...

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Voices from the Knitting Circle…

30-odd years in the making, Vital Xposure’s Voices from the Knitting Circle is a harrowing but altogether beautiful portrait of what it is to survive; a 30-minute documentary about the now demolished Harperbury Hospital and some of its horrific practices, recounted by its survivors and staff members. Review by James ...

A young woman completely covered in black paint, her hair, skin, eyes etc.

Shape Open 2018: Collective Influence

Shape Arts’ flagship annual exhibition, the Shape Open, this year took the theme of ‘Collective Influence’. It is on display at the The Art Pavilion, East London from 22 March to 5 April. This group show features the work of more than 30 disabled and non-disabled artists. Review by James ...

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Access All Areas’ Madhouse re: exit – groundbreaking immersive theatre

Access All Areas’ Madhouse re:exit is a tantalisingly inventive immersive theatre experience that speaks as much about the reality of our flawed care system as it does the societal perceptions of people who are learning disabled; pointing to ways in which we can restructure ourselves for the better. It plays ...

Ghosts in the Machine – come alive in the Tate Modern

Shape Arts' second Tate Exchange programme, ‘Ghosts in the Machine’ took place in Tate Modern, London from 1 - 4 March 2018. With a packed programme of workshops, interactive installations, live performance and conversational points the exchange explored the prevailing assumptions about disabled people in arts and culture. Review by ...

John Godber's Up 'n' Under. Photo of 5 pairs of men's lower legs surrounding the title with rugby league ball on a muddy, grassy ground , wearing a variety inappropriate shoes and socks for rugby.

fingersmiths score a try with the aesthetics of access in mind

John Godber's acclaimed 1984 play Up ’n’ Under has been revamped by Fingersmiths, the stella theatre company behind 2014's Frozen. Known for their use of hearing and non-hearing actors, fingersmiths have put on a show that retains all the humour of the classic production, whilst managing to shed light on ...

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