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“You’re Not Trans… You’re Autistic!”

Aimee Challenor is 20 years. She is a transgender individual and also autistic. She and others from Trans communities feel they have had their Transgender identity undermined by medical professionals because of their autism. This has led to the delaying of gender reassignment procedures. How does it feel to ‘come out’ as Trans, only to have to hide autism? Challenor speaks out ...

Discovering Contemporary Folk Art in Finland and an organisation supporting disability awareness for cultural venues across Finland

ITE in Finland translates literally as self-made life. We met with Raija Kallioinen and Minna Havera from the ITE organisation that stated amongst other things they specialised in contemporary Folk Art within Finland - with several examples of it dotted across the offices. Starting life 20 years ago, they ...

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In All Good Faith

In the latest Praxis-Forum blog, Dionysia Mylonaki talks about their artistic practice.  My practice explores “legitimate” narratives as social, political and economic mechanisms, such as empathy, labour, property and solidarity. I’m interested in trans-disciplinary and open approaches as a way of researching notions of the public and as a tool to critically confront ...

Kaarisilta – A hidden gem in the woods of Finland

In late August Tanya and Jennifer traveled overseas to Kaarisilta in Finland, near the small town of Lahti. What we found trapped between trees were some beautiful old farm buildings that, since 1986, have been transformed into the centre that supports disabled artists today – the chicken hut is ...

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 ...

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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 ...