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Festival Reviews: My Left/Right Foot – The Musical

5 stars  BIRDS OF PARADISE THEATRE COMPANY AND THE NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND Comedy and song become one in My Left/Right Foot, a comedy musical which tells the story of a local amateur dramatic company who attempt to perform an adaption of My Left Foot. The play, directed by Birds of Paradise Artistic ...

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 ...

Researching accessible studio spaces and residencies at The Art House

On the 5th and 6th July, we went on our second research visit to The Art House Wakefield and stayed in their accessible flat. Although this organisation is not a learning-disabled art studio, the aim here was to look into their studio setups and their residency programme as they ...

‘Sound Voyager’ for Flotilla

Russell Jakubowski - recent Flotilla workshop at Watts gallery. I'm very pleased to post this photo of Angie who made great progress with her craft for our Flotilla. Drawing inspiration from James Henry Pullen It's designed to travel the cosmos looking for music. It already looks wonderful, such a simple and evocative ...

‘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 ...