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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

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Disconsortia: is this group of disabled artists from the North East planning a hostile takeover?

Discosortia is a new artist-led initiative in the North East of England, with big plans. 7 February saw the latest planning meeting, supported by Disability Arts Online, at Arc Stockton. Letty McHugh went along to find out what they are plotting. This week I got to sit in on a meeting ...

Collection of drawings of zoo animals

Venture Arts and Castlefield Gallery: ‘Thumbs Up’ to making galleries more welcoming

Thumbs Up, by Castlefield Gallery and Venture Arts is an exhibition by artists Michael Beard, Frances Disley, Harry Meadley, and Leslie Thompson. Responding to the physical spaces of the gallery the artists have developed the scale, materials, and methods of their work over a seven-month development period during which they ...

four paper boats on the edge of a wooden dock next to a large body of water

Tate Exchange 2: Emergence Artists Strike Back.

Last week, I went to a meeting at the Tate Exchange with the other Emergence artists and people from Shape Arts and Disability Arts Online. We were there to make a plan of attack for the Emergence event on the 21st of March (please come to that, I’ll look very ...

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on rose carved in rain: a reflection on who we are and who we aspire to be

The Newbridge Project in Gateshead hosts self-taught artist, performer and writer gobscure's on rose carved in rain – an exhibition of visual poetry, sound, installation and participation from 20-31 January. Review by Letty McHugh We all have sprawling complicated identities that are difficult to sum up with something as clumsy as words. ...

Why would you live here? Artists reflect on Northern life

In the run-up to the election Letty McHugh can’t think of a single time (outside of those hideous man-in-the-street sound bites) journalists and politicians ever took the radical step of asking a single person who lives in in the post-industrial north what it’s like to live here. She is launching ...

Printed White Hand Written Text on Royal Blue Fabric

We’ve Got Joy

I’m one of the many people attempting NaNoWriMo this month, which for the unfamiliar is when you try to write 50,000 words towards a long-form project in a month. The idea is basically that you write a very rough first draft of something without editing or deleting anything you’ve written ...

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 ...