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Art from an emerging artist on the autistic spectrum

My name is Patrick Samuel. I’m an emerging artist diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder (Asperger’s Syndrome), marked anxiety and low mood. I’m also on a very long waiting list for an ADHD assessment, treatments for PTSD and CBT. I got into art as therapy in December last year as I ...

Pullen's Party

Pullen’s Party at Liberty Festival

As a member of Access All Areas’ Performance Company, it was fantastic to meet and work with a new company, Vital Xposure, because it is really important as a performer to have contacts for possible future projects. Vital Xposure were very welcoming and they really encouraged us to shine. When I ...

Laura Dajao Sadiq Khan Selfie

LauraDDances’ #FMyStrengthSolo at National Paralympic Day/Liberty Festival

Let's start at the beginning shall we? So, I have been developing a solo piece for some time now, all based around a song I wrote with a friend called Finding My Strength. And let's go further back to where the song came from. In May 2004 I met Chuckie. Chuckie ...

Paralympic Athletes mural to be unveiled…

I have been working on a mural for the Paralympic Atheletes to be unveiled later on this year… Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, David Weir, Ade Adepitan, Jonnie Peacock, Kadeena Cox, and Ellie Simmonds all feature. I painted all the athletes in action with the intention of ...

The Equals

Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys: Some Belated Praise for the Equals

Last year I bought a copy of a music magazine called Shindig. A magazine that covers music from past decades. The main focus often being on the 1960s. In particular, the psychedelic music that blossomed in the second half of the decade. My main reason for buying the magazine was ...

Five things you don’t know about Penny Pepper…

I hate apricots – who knew that? I think that’s enough, though I might sneak another one in later.  I’ve read far too much about how to do social media lately… Life has been a swing between work and health. Sometimes it’s more a stagger. Sometimes a bounce. Lots of news and I ...

Photo of learning disabled artist Andy Kee wearing a white lab coat with coloured clothers pegs on a line around his kneck

A vision for creative gallery access for people with learning difficulties

As a child I was inspired by ‘Vision On’ – a TV programmed presented by Tony Hart – and I knew that I could be an artist when many around me doubted it. I believe many other people with learning disabilities can achieve success if they have opportunity and the ...

Support The Return of the Workhouse Cabaret

The Workhouse Cabaret is a major historic event in the history of the disability movement. Its where arts and culture first met with the politics of the social model. This defined what disability arts and culture is about. The event happens at 7.00pm on 3rd December, the international day of disabled ...

Spanking Reality’s Arse for Mental Health Resistance Network

On Friday 25th November, I will be spanking normality's arse by performing some poetry & comedy for Mental Health Resistance Network's celebration of women survivors. Mental Health Resistance Network say this about themselves: 'MHRN are Mental Health Survivors resisting Tory persecution of the sick and disabled in the interests of their super ...

Assisted Suicide the Musical

Liz Carr: Assisted Suicide the Musical review by Katy Cracknell

Learning-disabled artist, Katy Cracknell, reviews Liz Carr's Assisted Suicide the Musical after seeing the production at the Unlimited Festival, Southbank Centre in September. It’s a cabaret musical about assisted suicide. Liz Carr presents the facts and figures of suicide, looking at legislation in the UK and abroad. She mentioned that assisted ...