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The Rules of the Realm

The Realm is turning into a landscape that we make for ourselves. Yesterday I recorded some key words for me as if a poem. The words were instruction words. We were thinking about an entrance to the Realm. Involving viewers in an action that needed to be taken during the ...

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Crippen supports the UK Disability Arts Alliance ‘We Shall Not Be Removed’ who are responding to the current crisis

An alliance of disabled people working across the UK creative industries have come together to campaign for an inclusive cultural recovery following the Covid 19 pandemic. Called ‘We shall not be removed’, this is an emergency response led by disabled people for disabled ...

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Crippen offers a tribute to Disabled activist Manjeet Kaur

Disabled activist and advocate for disabled asylum seekers, Manjeet Kaur has died at her home in Manchester. Manjeet was involved in many campaigns around the country. Ellen Clifford from DPAC recalls “the first time I met Manjeet was at a national anti-bedroom tax ...

Tesco Delivery Man and Van

Liz Bentley photographing Tesco Delivery Man, no selfie as was wearing my bikini

I didn't take a photo of me this time. I was sunbathing on our Peckham Patio in my bikini. When Tesco delivery man arrived I couldn't find my clothes, just like Barbara Windsor in the Carry on films, but I'm older than she was when she did that sort of ...

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Venture Arts Steering Group members give their highlights from Manchester Open at HOME

Introduction from Amber… The Manchester Open is an exhibition at HOME, an arts centre in Manchester that has a theatre, cinema, restaurant and gallery. People applied by themselves or through organisations to be part of the exhibition; it is full of art by people from different cultural backgrounds and different parts ...

Miss Havisham’s Wedding Dress

I am a multi-disciplinary artist and in 2012 I made work that celebrated the London Olympics and the Paralympics but also Charles Dickens' bi-centenary, depicting Miss Havisham's Wedding Dress. It's now being brought out of storage for a new show, Impatient! Stories of service user advocacy at Bethlem Museum of ...

Arts Health and well-being and the professionals

It’s probably about time I started writing about all the things I’ve done because it seems that everyone else is #Arts #Health and #Wellbeing. As I am a dyslexic I’ve written this on a speech to text attachment but also due to my dyslexia I am speaking this and it is ...

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The JOY of Theatre

Turtle Key Arts have a long-standing reputation in their role as creative producers advancing participation in the arts by disabled, disadvantaged and socially excluded people. For the second year running they partnered with the Lyric, Hammersmith to produce JOY – a flagship project of the Hammersmith and Fulham ArtsFest showcasing ...

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Pimp My Unicorn! 

With Norwich Pride only 50 days away, it is sad to report that the annual Pride Without Prejudice art show has had to be cancelled due to a lack of bookings. Dismayed at this news I have booked the whole of St Margaret’s Church of Art on St Benedict’s Street in ...

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Hidden Stories: a free graphic novel that aims to banish loneliness among people living with invisible conditions

Published by Brighton-based arts charity Root Experience, Hidden Stories is the result of months of creative workshops, where participants from across the south of England explored and shared the challenges of their day-to-day lives through storytelling, visual arts and soundscapes. Millions of people worldwide are affected daily by health conditions whose ...