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100 Meters; On the Ending of a Favoured Thing

Lost to memories of place and time, dancers relate, fail to  continue. Lost, the ending of a a journey. Dance the car boogie. Tell me about the last time you danced? 100 Meters; On the Ending of a Favoured Thing Fat, flushed, flash and funky You handled movement Like a disco master knowing when to ...

A Volunteers Insight Into Supporting Learning Disabled Artists at Venture Arts by Hamble-Rose Dean

Venture Arts volunteers assist their team of professional artists within the studio environment. They support learning disabled people to produce high quality artwork resulting in increased wellbeing confidence, social and creative skills. Volunteers at Venture Arts come from all walks of life – student, professional, creative, social care and health. Equally, ...

A houseguest watches a video of the upstairs rooms at Great & Tiny War

Just what does it take to make a show accessible? (Or as accessible as it possibly can be). And a few other thoughts on access thrown in…

  Great & Tiny War is the most ambitious show I’ve ever made. Or maybe I’ve said that before?! How to Live where I launched my own Therapy Empire at Barbican Theatre in 2004 was really massive. When I had the idea of 2,000 ‘pea patients’ dancing the Mexican wave as ...

Tam Gilbert in Victoria attire

Sensing Helen: Life was difficult for many women in Victorian times – but how did society view disability?

Sensing Helen, a documentary by Dorset-based director Tam Gilbert, explores the lives of two women born in Dorset in the mid –1800s and compares them with Tam’s own experiences and those of other visually impaired women today. Elizabeth Groves from Weymouth and Sophia Ridout from Sturminster Newton, both went to the ...

DET: I never read the woman in the window…..

Continuing in the vein of a Disability Equality course I alight on an opportunity to reflect on negative imagery. The photo here is from an Ad man seeking to sell a book but; I never read the woman in the window… The woman in the window is a thriller alright Paranoid. She hears ...

“You’re Not Trans… You’re Autistic!”

Aimee Challenor is 20 years. She is a transgender individual and also autistic. She and others from Trans communities feel they have had their Transgender identity undermined by medical professionals because of their autism. This has led to the delaying of gender reassignment procedures. How does it feel to ‘come out’ as Trans, only to have to hide autism? Challenor speaks out ...

Kay signing her book at a local book launch event in March 2017.

Visibility and Me: Poetry, Pathways and Pressure.

As a PhD student living with a disability, occupying space is both a fascinating and problematic process. Walking with a wheelchair like I do means I am very visible to those within my institution and indeed to the public, blending in isn’t an option. One of the reasons for this ...

abstract watercolour suggesting a storm across a landscape

A message from me, Nelly

Hi all This is a message from Nelly and Neville. We are sister and brother and we are more or less identical twins: but this is a message from me, Nelly. Thing is, I'm not sure I should write about us as kith and kin; we're not people: we are neurons. ...

watercolour of the backs of a couple sat on a bench facing the sea

The Outing

Algie and Doreen were in fine, nattering form: "We're hoping the rain holds off" Algie told me. Like me, they had arrived early. Sitting beside my wheelchair space at the front of the coach, Doreen, a plump woman with frizzy salt-and-pepper hair, unpacked her bag, handed Algie his copy of ...

100 Meters – Time Is (A Communal Poetry Exercise)

A friend appeared to be talking to me on messenger. After a polite intro the talk turned to receiving funding. Aye up!!! This now looks like he’s been hacked. I mail an alert to him. He confirms the hack. He asks how my time on the dole is going. I ...