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Building our Flotilla – phase 2

Following a break over the summer members of DAISY are back on the case - constructing and painting their JH Pullen inspired craft. Working with the artist Russell Jakubowski, fellow members and group leaders at their respective centres the craft are really beginning to take shape. Here are a few ...

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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How to be a Dyslexic Artist

Chapter 1 How to Get Lost: Alternative Acts of Architecture I have been a professional artist for over 25 years. When I started out, I was effectively illiterate despite successfully graduating from a Fine Art BA Honours course. I now have the use of voice dictation software that both enables and disables ...

Four buildings across Edinburgh with a wealth of talent happening behind their doors

Tanya and myself managed to squeeze in an afternoon visit to Garvald in Edinburgh on our trip to Scotland. We were greeted at the converted Edwardian school by the Art Studio facilitator and Exhibitions Coordinator Morven MacCrae. Garvald has been going in some form for over fifty years and ...

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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 ...

Project Ability and its reach across Glasgow

Since 1984 Project Ability has existed in Glasgow and has been in two previous venues before settling into Trongate 103 in 2009, where it occupies two floors of a very large cultural building. With Creative Scotland and Glasgow City Council as the main core funders, Project Ability supports ...

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 ...

Intoart – a new studio in South London

Since the year 2000 Intoart has been running (in some form) across London, but it has recently taken up residence in the newly opened Peckham Levels. Its studio sits alongside other artists, designers, filmmakers and architects - everyone likes being in this space as they get to interact ...

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 ...

ActionSpace and its growth across London …

Mid July Jennifer and Tanya visited ActionSpace in London and here they talk about their visit ... ActionSpace started life in the 1960s, with its focus always on learning disabled people. It was in 2001 when it became purely visual arts, with the studio programme going now for 10 ...