Animals in Disability Art: An Evening with Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen, Leeds


Price: FREE (please reserve a place using the link, though)


Magpie next to model of wheelchair user

Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen is a Finnish textile and conceptual artist best known for her work that deals with issues of human rights and structures of power that face people with disabilities.

Inspired by recent artistic and academic work that explores the relationship between disability and animal liberation (such as Sunaura Taylor’s artwork and writing) as well as historical sources in which disability and animals are treated together (including popular novels, such as Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty [1877] and H. G. Wells’s The Island of Doctor Moreau [1896]), this evening event will showcase Jenni-Juulia’s creative interventions in this new area.

Please join us for FREE in Leeds’s premier arts and cultural venue The Tetley for an evening of performances, video screenings, and discussion regarding animals in Jenni-Juulia’s disability art.

For taste of what’s to come, check out these recent videos made by Jenni-Juulia:

Authority Experience-

Battle of Scarcity of Resources –

In addition to the artistic showcase, the event will feature:

– An introduction from University of Leeds’s Dr Ryan Sweet, an expert in disability studies;
– Time for questions, comments, and responses;
– A FREE drinks reception.


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The Tetley is located in Leeds city centre, just a 6 minute walk from Trinity Leeds, 7 minutes from Leeds Train Station, and 7 minutes from Leeds Bus Station.

In case you are driving, The Tetley is located directly next to the Brewery Car Park, a large pay-and-display (and pay-online) car park with long- and short-stay parking. There is excellent lighting, CCTV, regular patrols, and parking for disabled visitors. Opening hours are 6am–midnight. For more info, please see,+UK&city=Leeds&postcode=&park=The+Brewery+Long+Stay.

Who is funding the event?

The event is generously supported by the University of Leeds’s Wellcome Trust Strategic Support Fund.

There is a wheelchair-accessible lift to all public floors at The Tetley. There are toilets on all floors and accessible toilets on the ground and second floors. A hearing loop is available for use on request at reception. If you have any requests or concerns regarding accessibility, please email the organiser (Dr Ryan Sweet,


South Bank Room, The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ

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