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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

Black and white photo of an elderly woman sitting knitting

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 ...

Woman dancing in front of neon lights

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 ...

James Zatka-Haas