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Project artworks studio space

An art studio occupying several arches in Hastings

Our visit to Project Art Works marked the end of our traveling and the end of the research phase of this Arts Council England funded project. We were really excited to see their new studio/archive space, as well as to find out what was happening concurrently at Tate ...

Producers and Curators : The Legacy and Power of Knowledge

Earlier this year I did a Clore Intensive – a 2-week residential course for leaders in the cultural sector. This course has allowed me to think differently about things. About many things in fact, particularly to do with leadership and the cultural sector. So it kind of did what it ...

Discovering Contemporary Folk Art in Finland and an organisation supporting disability awareness for cultural venues across Finland

ITE in Finland translates literally as self-made life. We met with Raija Kallioinen and Minna Havera from the ITE organisation that stated amongst other things they specialised in contemporary Folk Art within Finland - with several examples of it dotted across the offices. Starting life 20 years ago, they ...

Being labelled

My experience of mental illness is a long time ago now. It’s ten years since I was discharged from the mental health system. But between 1997 and 2008, I was a ‘care-in-the-community client’, or ‘severe and enduringly ill patient’, a ‘service user’, and so on. I got a lot ...

PERSPECTIVES presented by Venture Arts

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 ...

Unlimited Visual Art Exhibition shot

I’m tired of saying it…. but I am committed to change….however slowly this occurs

It’s been a long month. The equinox came and went without me even realising it. I was down in Wakefield at The Art House printing work for OutsideIn which will be taking some of it to Manchester Art Fair. It’s a ...

100 Meters – Dinner and Iken

My poetry is increasingly thematic. 100 Meters is where I freestyle – just having some fun. There may be 100 one day. There may not be. This race started looking forward to a dinner. It finished with me manipulating the following photos (my second art). 100 Meters – Dinner and Iken The ...

Kaarisilta – A hidden gem in the woods of Finland

In late August Tanya and Jennifer traveled overseas to Kaarisilta in Finland, near the small town of Lahti. What we found trapped between trees were some beautiful old farm buildings that, since 1986, have been transformed into the centre that supports disabled artists today – the chicken hut is ...

Flotilla sculpture 4

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 ...

Bitterfly

Hi, folks firstly I need to apologise for lack of blog contact recently been very at work. However, my poetry has taken I further twist. I try to write two-three poems a day which means I have a big catalogue of work, which I feel needs publishing to the public. My ...