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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Menstruation and Scientology! Another Day at the Fringe! – 09/08/18

As I have been theatrical all my life…I had quite a few friends who are also theatrical, and who were also performing. When I lived in Sheffield I used to be in a movement– Period Positive (which was all about counter-acting stigmas around menstruation for girls and women). Chella Quint, whom ...

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 ...

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 ...

Danny Smith - Fishgod

Shadowlight Artists: Rising

The Shadowlight Artists, who all have learning disabilities, are over 50% through their new Arts Council of England funded project "Shadowlight Artists: Rising". The group are either part way through, or have completed their individual projects. They have also created a new group website shadowlightartists.org.uk The exhibition phase is confirmed ...

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 ...

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213 Things About Me – echoes of a remembrance of a life

I went to see Richard Butchins play 213 Things About Me at the Battersea Arts Centre a month ago, now. An intensely personal piece of work for both the writer/ director and for the actress - the incredibly talented Rosa Hoskins - I knew this was going to be one ...