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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 ...

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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 ...

Undercover Autistics

Having a diagnosis of Autism/Asperger’s can be an issue of identity and disclosure. From being presumed to have no sense of humour, no empathy and a limited understanding of social skills, to conversations where 'neurotypicals' list all suspected autistic relatives….  Maybe it's best not to disclose? Recently, while staying at a ...

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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 ...

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Can Autism Awareness be Counter-Productive?

Recently I attended a small talk on Autism Awareness. I took a seat around a large square table. While waiting for the speaker to arrive I chatted with a group of women; some told me that they had a daughter, son or brother on the spectrum and had come for advice. ...