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Stormy skies

Stormy skies, Fallen down trees, Where is the light? No chance of sleep.   Rumbling all around, Followed by lightening, The pressure of feeling overwhelmed, is slightly worrying.   When the storms begin to fade, The light begins to appear, and the pressure gives way, to help us see that the light was always here, Once we get out of the stormy circle, Our minds ...

Fish and chips

100 Meters; A Brexit Breakfast with a Failed Prime Minister

Who remembers the day Theresa May was electioneering on the South Coast? She took a bag of chips from a reasonably reputable chippie and then found herself flummoxed when someone put a can of coke in her spare hand. It was like the Ed Milliband food disaster photo but the media ...

What Did You Think I Was Going To Do?

On July 22nd with the help of some fellow disabled activists from DPAC, Mental Health Resistance Network and WinVisible, we performed a symbolic action – called ‘Broken Hearts for the DWP’ – to remember those who have not survived the cuts. Each person carried a large red ...

New York: How a desire to get people to smile inspired inclusive practice

Step Change Studios Founder Rashmi Becker has been learning about inclusive practice in the U.S. and recently met New York-based ballroom dancer Arkadiy Stepanchuck. Arkadiy was inspired to set up inclusive dance company DuDance after a dancing road trip. He recounts his experience and how his effort to build connections ...

painting of a unicorn

Radical New Art Show For Norwich!

Brand new 2-week art show, Pimp My Unicorn, launches in Norwich on Monday 22 July from 7pm with a party and entertainment. Organised by Norfolk based poet, artist, and campaigner, Vince Laws, Pimp My Unicorn is artist-led and funded entirely by donations. I think it’s important for the whole community that ...

theatre production photo

Jellyfish – exploring issues around sex and learning disability with wit and wisdom

Originally a Bush Theatre production, I was delighted when I heard Ben Weatherill’s Jellyfish - written for Call the Midwife star Sarah Gordy – was to transfer to the National Theatre. I was determined to get to see the production - a first in terms of casting an actor with ...

Fragility

I’m writing this blog during my residency in Canada, recent opportunities have enabled me to explore my practice internationally. Last year I came to St Andrews New Brunswick as a KIRA resident artist at Kingsbrae garden and discovered Sunbury Shores studio. This year I’m at Sunbury Shores for five weeks, thanks ...

Photograph of a rainbow flag, the sun shining behind it.

PRIDE?

June was Pride month and last weekend was Pride weekend in New York. I did a thread on twitter about my own experiences of being gay, as playwright Matthew Michael Lopez posted a comment on instagram which left me a little cold. I thought I'd elaborate here. Lopez posted a pic ...

painting of several figures with a blue tinge

Psychosis: Origins, Experience and Meaning or dreaming while awake

On Wednesday 26 June I went to a conference run by the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS) in conjunction with Soteria Brighton, Hearing Voices and the Spiritual Crisis Network and felt compelled to write something about the day. I've seen Dr John Read from ...

Brightly coloured painting

Spirit

Spirit is the latest exhibition I have produced: a body of autobiographical works, it's about living with complex post traumatic stress disorder after being stalked and victimised. How do you survive 'gaslighting'? This body of work is that which saves us and is saving me. 'Gaslighting' aims to discredit a person. ...