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Jade French

Jade French is a visual artist, writer and facilitator who is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Leeds. Jade predominantly works alongside people with a learning difficulty to explore the intersections of art, disability and social change.

Posts by Jade French

Cinematic style photograph by Sean Goldthorpe of two female dancers. One has a rope around the other one's waist, they are in dancing costumes.

DaDaFest 2016: 11 Million Reasons to Dance

From Gene Kelly singing in the rain to that white suit in Saturday Night Fever, 11 Million Reasons to Dance sees Deaf and disabled dancers re-imagining iconic dance scenes across cinematic history. Jade French caught a performance of it on 29 November at the Brindley, Liverpool as part of DaDaFest ...

Simon Mckeown's Cork Ignite, featuring a huge project on the facade of a grand building in Cork. It depicts two silhouetted figures sitting in chairs.

In Conversation at FACT Liverpool

Building on a fifteen-year history in creative collaborations, 'In Conversation: Discussion event on Arts, Disability and Collaborative Practice' on 1 April 2016, kick-started FACT Liverpool’s new spring programme which aims to explore disability, art and communities through a series of pop-up exhibitions. Review by Jade French. In tandem with this discussion ...

photo of the author inside an installation with brilliant purple folds and a cloth with a frightening face

Group Therapy: Mental Distress in a Digital Age at FACT, Liverpool

Originating from FACT’s extensive work within mental health and wellbeing, Group Therapy explores the complex relationship between technology, society, and mental health. Jade French responds to the brilliant lens the exhibition holds up to some of the darker aspects of living with mental health issues. Group Therapy urges audiences to rethink ...

photo of young man with long hair raising his arms at the top of an escalator. He is wearing a strait jacket beneath a suit and on the wall behind him is a sign saying 'therapy'

James Leadbitter: ‘Madlove’

It's a Wednesday night at Liverpool's FACT and Jade French is sat in its cadbury purple cinema space for a talk titled Madlove. This new and innovative project asks, if we could design our own asylum – then what would it look like? Just a few weeks ago I had an ...

Photograph of one of Rachel Gadsen's paintings; a lady's face with three lines of ink running over it against a black background

DaDaFest International 2014: Rachel Gadsden’s ‘Al Noor: Fragile Vision’

Fragility, survival and hope are the driving themes behind Al Noor - Fragile Vision, a thought-provoking exhibition produced by Rachel Gadsden in collaboration with artists from the Middle East as part of DaDaFest 2014 at the Bluecoat, Liverpool. Review by Jade French. This intricate body of work explores society's openness about ...