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Witchcraft

In the 17th century they burnt 91 people as witches in Finnmark. On the island of Vardø is a memorial to them. A 125m building containing 91 windows and a plaque, detailing each of those burned and why, by architect by Peter Zumther and ‘Flamhuset’ by Louise Borgeois. I ...

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The Life Changing Power of Disability Arts

I am a writer, a poet, an actor and activist, a spoken word performer, a creative practitioner and facilitator, a feminist, a believer in human rights and kindness. I campaign and yell from roof tops. I decried the cuts and austerity which widened and widens the gap between haves and ...

Photo of Jonathan receiving his award

Strictly Wales: Dancing, Despacito and a Salsa Dog

Strictly Wales is a unique partnership between Step Change Studios and Leonard Cheshire Disability, and the first national inclusive ballroom programme supporting disabled people to be active through dance. Over 100 people have taken part in 5 regional dance workshops over 5 months, and 10 people performed in a grand finals ...

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SCRRIPPT (live) | European Outsider Art Association Conference 2018 | Outside In | May 4th-6th

SCRRIPPT (live) By Barry Anthony Finan and Rosanne Robertson Just over a week to go before Outsider Art Association Conference 2018, Outside In, Pallant House Gallery, May 4th-6th, Barry Finan and Rosanne Robertson share their reflections, ideas and creative process as they prepare for their live version of their ...

black and white photo of Jan McLachlan as Lucifer and Vince Laws as John Faust,

A Very Queer Nazi Faust Awarded Unlimited Funding!

A Very Queer Nazi Faust is an experimental participatory performance created by Norfolk-based poet, artist, and disability rights campaigner, Vince Laws. Funded on a shoestring, starring 13 local legends and the DEAD PEOPLE DON”T CLAIM banner, the piece was performed at Norwich LGBT+ Pride in 2017 to great acclaim. Now, with ...

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Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen explores the relationship between disabled people and animals at an event in Leeds

Finnish conceptual and textile artist Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen is coming to the UK: On the 12th of April, she will perform and discuss some of her work at The Tetley in Leeds, in an event that will focus on pieces dealing with the relationship between disability and animals. Wallinheimo-Heimonen has been ...

Two subversive colouring books by Dolly Sen

Colouring Books that Cross the Line

I've created some colouring books for those of us who of us who can't stay between the lines. The first two to come out are my 'I Love Psychiatry' colouring book, dedicated to those driven crazy by this beautiful world and then loved so deeply by psychiatry. I posted that ...

The Ritualised Humiliations of our Glorious Servant

The Ritualised Humiliations of our Glorious Servant In which the hairy old grey beard reflects on a bad day in a bad life sometimes illuminated by the right to sound off. 1. On another day when if there had been a bar she could have warmed cold beer with her tears but ...

From Ping Pong to Cha Cha Cha

On International Women's Day, Jane Campbell talks about achieving her long-held goal to perform as a dancer I first encountered Wheelchair Dance at an exhibition given in Italy at the Para Table Tennis European Championships where I was representing Great Britain. I was captivated by the beauty of it and the ...

Strano ('strange' in Italian): Five dancers, some visibly disabled, some nondisabled and some invisibly disabled, dressed in black.

‘Strano’ by Alessandro Schiatarella: Exploring invisible disability through dance

When we enter the performance room of the Tanzhaus Zurich, we are already greeted by a hypnotic rhythm that plays in the background, and one of the dancers is moving along the wall. The audience perceives this as a warm-up, and only starts paying attention as the music and the ...