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Introducing The Hidden Project


Hi, I’m Simon Magnus, the Artistic Director of Root Experience. We are a ground-breaking arts charity working to empower communities to make positive changes, using their own creativity and expression. The group’s latest endeavour, aims at breaking down stigmas and creating a culture of inclusion for people living with invisible impairments in Brighton and Sussex.

Hidden Project
In a series of workshops, Root Experience is supporting people living with a wide range of invisible disabilities, such as ME, MS and Autism, to creatively explore what it is like to live with a disability, when your condition is not necessarily immediately obvious to those around you.

Photo of two individuals standing against a blue wall with silver buckets on their heads

The Hidden Project

As the project is community-led, it’s difficult to say what the output, performance or exhibits might be, as they will represent the experiences of the participants.  However, you can expect to see anything from traditional visual art, to storyboarding, to film and audio performances.

The Hidden Project will culminate in The Hubbub, held in the Founders Room at the Brighton Dome, on 8 & 9 July.

If you or your organisation would like to get involved, be added to the Hidden Project support directory, or have some representation at The Hubbub, please do contact Simon Magnus at Root Experience via

The Hubbub will feature a talking café, where there will be an open, hosted conversation around the artistic outputs and the process involved. Everyone is welcome.

The Hubbub aims to give audiences a powerful, immersive, and emotional learning experience; reflecting, recognising, and acknowledging the feelings and responses of the workshop participants to their own situations and to the reactions of their communities.  And in doing so, to help the wider society to better understand and recognise the experience of people with invisible illnesses; to start conversations, and to remove stigma and improve social inclusion.

We want people to recognise, support and understand what it is to live with an invisible disability. To open a dialogue. To exchange ideas and possibilities for better inclusion and interaction for all disabled people.


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