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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 ...

an auditorium of red chairs

Festival Reviews: Nicola Tuxworth reviews comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe!

MANDY KNIGHT'S The Dark Knight Reviewed by Nicola Tuxworth 5 stars Mandy Knight’s one-woman comedy show at the Voodoo Rooms was a performance not to be missed! It might also be handy to have a surgeon on standby as your sides will split with laughter! Within the first ten minutes of the show, the ...

Festival Reviews: POP-UP DUETS (Fragments of Love) at the Edinburgh Fringe

JANIS CLAXTON DANCE On now until 26 August. Free performance Reviewed by Nicola Tuxworth 4 stars Let your mind be captivated and love every moment. Janis Claxton’s Pop Up Duets (Fragments of Love) dance show is an intriguing moving work of art, with wonderfully composed music and the soundscape of the National Museum of Scotland makes your ...

Presentation in Brussels conference room

Communicating the Museum

Earlier in the year I spoke in Brussels at the 20th edition of Communicating the Museum, an international conference run by AGENDA. For this iteration of the conference, the theme was Participation. Delegates came from across the globe, with representatives from major institutions including the Met in New York, Louvre ...

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 ...

Photo of a snowy landscape

The View is Different From Here

I woke up on the Tuesday morning with the sudden realisation I was already on day 6 of my residency. Panic. How did that happen? I haven’t done anything. I haven’t enough time. What am I going to do? Everything felt all too real. If this was the movies there ...

Magpie next to model of wheelchair user

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 ...

Puppetry & Disability at Nottingham Puppet Festival

As part of the Nottingham (UK) Puppet Festival (22nd till 25th March) Artist, writer and puppet maker Corina Duyn will be giving two talks: Puppetry, Disability & Health, and Writing for Puppetry Corina will also be attending Puppet Place in Bristol (UK), 29th March. And as keynote speaker at  Broken Puppet ...

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 ...

Photo of disabled painter and writer Kit Wells with fiddle in hand

On the fiddle…

I don’t really know why I’m reviving old memories by writing this blog (my very first in 75 years) but I am still a Disabled person and proud to be so. I just felt it was time to reach out to see if any of my old friends in the ...