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‘Emergency Water Supply Craft’ for Flotilla

Flotilla: Made a great start last week. Russell Jakubowski worked with two of the DAISY (Disability Arts In Surrey) groups (Surrey Choices and the Orpheus Centre) creating Dream-craft for the Flotilla exhibition. Pictured here is the first stage of a model craft designed to take water to wherever it's needed. Some ...

ArtStudio01 and our first studio visit to Barrington Farm, Walcott

By Jennifer Gilbert. ArtStudio01 was set up in 2015 by Learning Disabled artist Alison Picknell and Disabled Artist Tanya Raabe-Webber, working across Telford and Shropshire. They are now an artists collective of nine artists with a studio space within Participate CIC studios in Shrewsbury. The aim is that disabled, learning ...

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 ...

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 ...

Hand with paper heart - by Gemma Nash

Piss, Productivity and Phillip Hammond

At the end of 2017 I had one of the worst few weeks I can remember in terms of impairment pain, discomfort, immobility and general health problems. A routine medical appointment resulted in three admissions to A&E for suspected urinary retention, emergency catheterisation and severe bladder pain. I don’t usually write ...

Step Change Studios inclusive dance class

I’m Back on the Dance Floor

Step Change Studios is a pioneering dance company committed to making Latin and Ballroom dance accessible for everyone. They offer fun, engaging opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people to dance. This week’s Step Change Studios Personal Experience Blog comes from Adrienne Armorer. In 2001, having left an evening of salsa dancing early, I ...

two puppet bodies lying side by side

The dance of puppets

I have come to accept that certain art projects take years to grow from the initial seed (idea) to a finished piece of art, with its own story to tell. My ‘Reflection’ puppets, is one such project. Background to the puppets  I found this abstract From a blog post in March 2014: "... During ...

Dreams of Resting Spaces and a Resting Network

I have an invisible disability (chronic pain), and I need to lie down (a lot). It is difficult to be out in the world unless I lie down and rest when I need to: on trains, in galleries, on benches. Sometimes I get kick back, and sometimes I get moved ...

James Rose, Dougie Scarfe (the CEO of the BSO), Darth Vader and his Storm Troopers at the Proms in Meyrick Park, Bournemouth. Credit: Starlight Photography

Concerts and Composers

I’m in my eleventh week at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and I’m loving it! Recently, I went to the BSO’s very own Proms in the Park staged over three days in Meyrick Park, Bournemouth. This fun-filled 48 hr period included meeting the private donors contributing a significant amount against ...

Corina Duyn taken het puppet out of the box

Puppet Power

Attending the Broken Puppet Symposium on puppetry, Disability and Health last week was like stepping into a completely new world. And yet when I entered it, and moved about with open eyes and ears, I realised I had been part of this amazing, creative, fun, and astonishing place for pretty much all my life. I ...