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Letty McHugh

Letty McHugh is artist and writer with a BA in Art with Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and an MA in Creative Practice from Leeds College of Art . Letty's work explores the universality of personal experiences and the resilience of ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. She create long running participatory projects which can lead to a wide range of outcomes. She will be blogging about the progress of her Emergence funded project 'Seaworthy Vessel', a project that uses the concept of seaworthiness in ships as a metaphor for disability in people

Posts by Letty McHugh

Multi-coloured 'graffiti' artwork featuring pink figure and slogan

Pyramid: 30 years of supporting learning-disabled talent

Pyramid of Arts is a Leeds-based charity set up in 1989 which invests in artists with learning difficulties through the discovery, development and disruption of the arts. It was originally set up as the Arts Club at Meanwood Park Hospital in 1989, incorporated as an independent charity in 2002, and ...

Bonus Content: The Centre of The Known Universe

I finished glazing my tea set last Thursday. It’s weird to think now, but when I applied for the Emergence bursary I didn’t include any money for ceramics in the budget. I was just asking for money to work on Seaworthy Vessel, I was only interested in working in print ...

five tiny paper boats can be seen floating on a large body of water. The sky is moody and a small island can also be seen.

Questions About The Art World I’m Too Embarrassed to Ask

When I was doing my MA another student had this quality that I really admired, she would always admit when she didn’t know things, I do not have that quality. Where she would say “I don’t know, could you tell me more about them?” I would say “Oh yeah sure, ...

A cat sits on a desk next to a pink typewriter . The wall behind features Paris patterned wallpaper

An Encounter With a Gatekeeper

The other week I had a meeting with a gatekeeper and he tore my work to shreds. He wasn’t someone I’ve ever worked with or met before. (crucially he wasn’t in any way associated with any of the organisations I’m currently working with.) We were supposed to be meeting for ...

Done Is Beautiful: Things I’m Learning From Learning to Make Teapots

I am a perfectionist with a huge problem with procrastination. It’s funny to me that perfectionism is the problem they tell you to admit to in job interviews like it’s a good flaw that your future employers might want you to have. In my experience it’s a terrible flaw, in ...

When Letty Went to Norway

I went to Norway at the start of this month. Then I came back and spent 23 days trying to write a blog post about it. I’m not exaggerating (well, not much) when I say I sat down every evening and tried to get something down, but I just couldn’t. ...

100 Origami Boats and Other Stories

Wow, It has been such an amazing three weeks since I last blogged for DAO. I went down to London and spoke at the Emerging Artists discussion at the Tate Exchange. (I got a charcuterie plate and ate it looking at St Paul's, it was super fancy) I had chance ...

The Story So Far

Hi, my name is Letty McHugh, I’m an artist and a writer and one of the recipients of the Emergence Bursary. I wanted to write an introduction post to my practice and the project I’m working on for the bursary, but I’ve been putting it off for two weeks because ...