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“We’re here, we’re visible” by Matthew Kennedy

Hi, I’m Matthew Kennedy, an artist/filmmaker from Glasgow, Scotland. I’m pleased to be writing my first blog post for Disability Arts Online about how Oska Bright Film Festival has given me a platform as a queer learning disabled filmmaker and how I’ve come to appreciate and love what the film ...

Six people sitting on the edge of a stage

The heights and depths of Rockbottom

I saw an excerpt from Stuart Waters' touring show Rockbottom last Friday in the Marlborough's black box theatre in Brighton. Stuarts commitment to this rollercoaster of a piece of work is extraordinary, as entertaining as it is disturbing. This theatre-dance performance, tells the story of Stuart's own tussle with death ...

Oska Bright Film Festival is open for submissions

Oska Bright Film Festival, the world’s leading learning disability film festival, is open for submissions for its 2019 festival. I'm Matthew Hellett, the Lead Programmer, and I want you to submit your films! It's so easy, and we're really approachable. We are looking for films that are made by, or feature ...

Shop ethical this Christmas

Shop ethical this Christmas By now we're sure you're well into the swing of present buying bliss, but if you find yourself struggling for gift ideas, Creative Future have a whole range of fantastically affordable and awesomely ethical limited edition prints that make wonderful gifts for art lovers.  And as an added ...

“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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

An actor and actress dressed in white against a dark stage

Playing around with… Plays…

In April & May this year I embarked on what appears to be my annual Wandsworth Fringe show. I’ve done a show at the Fringe every year for the past three years, which is why I say it ‘appears’ to be annual. It’s a great opportunity to look at new ...

Flotilla sculpture 4

Building our Flotilla – phase 2

Following a break over the summer members of DAISY are back on the case - constructing and painting their JH Pullen inspired craft. Working with the artist Russell Jakubowski, fellow members and group leaders at their respective centres the craft are really beginning to take shape. Here are a few ...