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Kay signing her book at a local book launch event in March 2017.

Visibility and Me: Poetry, Pathways and Pressure.

As a PhD student living with a disability, occupying space is both a fascinating and problematic process. Walking with a wheelchair like I do means I am very visible to those within my institution and indeed to the public, blending in isn’t an option. One of the reasons for this ...

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Not Half Right at The University of Atypical Gallery, Belfast

Today I am blowing the dust of my blog to write about my upcoming exhibition Not Half Right opening at The University of Atypical Gallery, Belfast in November 10th. The show, named after my blog, is a disjointed narrative of my chronically ill life as I enter my seventh decade ...

Project artworks studio space

An art studio occupying several arches in Hastings

Our visit to Project Art Works marked the end of our traveling and the end of the research phase of this Arts Council England funded project. We were really excited to see their new studio/archive space, as well as to find out what was happening concurrently at Tate ...

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 ...

Being labelled

My experience of mental illness is a long time ago now. It’s ten years since I was discharged from the mental health system. But between 1997 and 2008, I was a ‘care-in-the-community client’, or ‘severe and enduringly ill patient’, a ‘service user’, and so on. I got a lot ...

PERSPECTIVES presented by Venture Arts

PERSPECTIVES Exhibitions | Happenings | Creative Exchanges | Greater Manchester | October 2018 – February 2019   80 learning disabled artists show new work across Greater Manchester This autumn 80 learning disabled artists will occupy contemporary and historical venues across Greater Manchester in PERSPECTIVES, a series of exhibitions, happenings and creative exchanges proudly presented by ...

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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 ...

Good days and Bad days

September is promising to end on a better note than it started for me, I'm managing to do more (not as much as I'd like), getting time in the studio and applying for arts funding to help take these ideas to the next level. I have also been preparing five paintings ...

Finding My Space

It’s been a long while since I have blogged. After the very busy and hot English summer we have experienced this year, I knew I had plenty of material to write about. However, finding the time and space for concentrated writing was another matter. My time was taken up with ...

Dancing has increased my confidence

My name is Fiona, I’m a dancer and I’m registered blind. I’ve always loved dancing. I love the feeling that music gives to dance, and having the confidence to dance alone or with a partner is so good. That’s why I love dancing at Step Change Studios’ dance classes – I ...