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PERSPECTIVES presented by Venture Arts

PERSPECTIVES Exhibitions | Happenings | Creative Exchanges | Greater Manchester | October 2018 – February 2019   80 learning disabled artists show new work across Greater Manchester This autumn 80 learning disabled artists will occupy contemporary and historical venues across Greater Manchester in PERSPECTIVES, a series of exhibitions, happenings and creative exchanges proudly presented by ...

Magpie next to model of wheelchair user

Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen explores the relationship between disabled people and animals at an event in Leeds

Finnish conceptual and textile artist Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen is coming to the UK: On the 12th of April, she will perform and discuss some of her work at The Tetley in Leeds, in an event that will focus on pieces dealing with the relationship between disability and animals. Wallinheimo-Heimonen has been ...

Hand with paper heart - by Gemma Nash

Piss, Productivity and Phillip Hammond

At the end of 2017 I had one of the worst few weeks I can remember in terms of impairment pain, discomfort, immobility and general health problems. A routine medical appointment resulted in three admissions to A&E for suspected urinary retention, emergency catheterisation and severe bladder pain. I don’t usually write ...

Can comedy create a fairer world? Comedian Laurence Clark thinks so

"If you can get people to laugh with you, that is far more powerful than any training.”
At the start of this year’s UK Disability History Month, I spoke to writer, actor and funny guy Laurence Clark about his latest show Independence, disability rights and ...

Photograph of Alex Cowan in a loft carrying a box

Alex Cowan, NDACA Archivist, Digs DAM History

In his latest blog, Alex Cowan, NDACA Archivist, explores just what made the Disability Arts Movement (DAM) history so accessible – those who went before him.

“The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to find it” (Samuel Johnson) “Knowledge of the world in only to be acquired in

LIsa Davies on stage in her wheelchair with a screen behind her projecting a collage of images of dasabled people

Two Sunny Days in Lancaster

I was recently fortunate enough to be selected to showcase my research at Lancaster Disability Studies Conference 2016. The conference is bi-annual and brings together disability studies scholars and activists from around the world. On the first day I presented under the title What’s Wrong with Looking: Objectification in Disability Autobiography. ...

photo of author Peter Street outside a plaque detailing the establishment of Albuquerque

Mad Dogs and Me

Tuesday 24. 3. 09 Like any other morning: Tablets. Coffee. Shower. Breakfast. Boring, until hand written letter with a Kansas City postmark from a Professor Fred Whitehead (retired) Missouri Uni’ Kansas City?

Dear Peter Street, I very much enjoyed reading about you in The Guardian Newspaper: James Morrison's: "Accidental Poet" Guardian: 17th

photo of PhD student and writer Lisa Davies on stage reading a poem

A Single Human Eye: reflections from childhood

I am currently studying for a PhD in the School of Social Work at a Northwest University. I am researching disability autobiography and activism, exploring the ways in which the self-representations of my chosen authors make the case for activism. There are two main aspects to my research, a critical analysis ...