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PERSPECTIVES Exhibitions | Happenings | Creative Exchanges | Greater Manchester | October 2018 – February 2019   80 learning disabled artists show new work across Greater Manchester This autumn 80 learning disabled artists will occupy contemporary and historical venues across Greater Manchester in PERSPECTIVES, a series of exhibitions, happenings and creative exchanges proudly presented by ...

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Art in the machine stays in the machine, until I say.

This image marks an artistic breakthrough for me, a watershed moment. Not definitive, as in, I’ve arrived. I haven’t arrived. But I have taken a step forward. What I mean to say is, it feels good. I know what you’re thinking. You’ve heard it all before, right? Wrong. When did I ever ...

Good days and Bad days

September is promising to end on a better note than it started for me, I'm managing to do more (not as much as I'd like), getting time in the studio and applying for arts funding to help take these ideas to the next level. I have also been preparing five paintings ...

Frustration

It has been a pretty good summer as far as spending time with my family goes, and this is where I have focused my energy. As always there is a pay-off for this when you have limited energy and half of your time you are immobile. Managing my disability has always ...

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P R A X I S

Praxis-Forum is a year-long programme of monthly peer mentoring forums hosted by The Showroom, London. The first session took place on Monday 11 June 2018 from 6:30 to 9:00pm. The project is lead by Jackie and the forum members are: Marie; Alison; Dionysia; Adam; Jessie; Chloe; Sarah; Andrew; Joe; Bijan; Caroline. I ...

Are you sitting comfortably? Or are you sitting properly?

I've been seething about seating for ages. My first Access to Work assessment was in 1998. The man in the posture shop said they had the perfect chair – a ridiculously enormous contraption big enough for two of me. But what did I know? (K’ching!) Since then I’ve had many more ...

Target practice improves the aim of the one who fires

Ever felt under attack? The other day I woke up with the image of my traumatised child-self, and my bullied adult-self, as someone who's been used for target practice. Like all good ideas, it stuck. Then it expanded to fit other situations, circumstances and scenarios. Next thing I know ...

Creating the Climate for Change: Curating and Disability Arts in Mexico City

My practice used to be wide and shallow. I did lots of different things, kept so many plates spinning I often didn’t know what I was doing or where I was doing it half the time. There is always the fear that if you say no to something you’ll never ...

Everything connects to everything…

Much has happened since I last blogged, but little of note has been created. I’ve always tended to flit a bit, but I seem to be flitting a lot more than before. The problem isn't lack of ideas, I get lots. I’m short on attention span. Lately I can barely scribble ...

Ice Cream Artworks

I didn't realise... I've been busy making artwork over the past six months, I haven't had the ability to write anything. Not even to promote the exhibition launch of Creative Future's new online shop in May, selling the limited edition prints that I've been working on: My 'Ice Cream Artworks'. In ...