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Pencil drawing of a young boy jumping reaching up with his right hand raching for some stars. Small scribbly text around the outside with handwritten notes.

New cardboard work titled ‘Youth’

I have started a new project that I am currently calling ‘Youth’. I promised my youngest son I would make a sculpture of him next. The question was how to represent him. I knew I wanted something dynamic - I wanted to test the limits of the cardboard sculpting process. Looking ...

cartoon of Dr Neil Hopper

Crippen and the surgeon who hops to it after losing his own legs

Having worked so hard at challenging the ‘tragic but brave’ stereotype of disability, it still persists, although this time with a rather ironic twist. Disability Arts Online ·

Apathy

I've been doing most of my shopping online - just essentials. There have been no frivolous fripperies, until the leggings. I ordered them for gardening, but was hugely disappointed by the result and decided to return them in person. Maybe to find a more appropriate replacement? It's been 176 days since ...

A series of paper ballerinas some have been cut in half or had their heads cut off

Disconnected

Can I be semi-shielding? Like a semi-fledged bird, I'm not actually ready to leave my shelter. I've had a trial run leading up to this - a healthcare check that sees me approach the edges of town. Town is not reassuring. It is busier than I’d anticipated. I wear a mask ...

A dead bee lies on its side, on the tip of a sculppting blade.

The Host

I emerged from hibernation into isolation, all the while thinking about bees. My collaborative project now has a name, a website and a date to work toward. The Host will take place in the summer of 2021 at Devon Sculpture Park, depending upon the measures taken surrounding Covid19. Alongside the central ...

Raymond Antrobus

Drafts Dogs and Detail: Writing poetry with Raymond Antrobus

Despite a serious decline in my health, I was determined that come hell or high water (and believe me the water got pretty high due to a lack of trains, a mix up with taxis and my own acute respiratory problems) I was going to make it to London to ...

Surroundings Blog 4

The installation/performance of ‘Surroundings‘ at the South London Gallery on the 24th of April this year was well received, judging from the follow up discussion and comments in the audience questionnaires. And as ‘Surroundings’ is an R&D project, feedback is an essential process for informing and further developing my experience ...

Two men standing about to give a presentation

Aidan Moesby: blossoming in the rain

Being able to support an artist through the development of an idea to make it a workable project is one of the most enjoyable aspects of my work. We set up the artist development sessions and associate artist programme to formalise this type of support from within Disability Arts Online ...

‘Surroundings’ Blog No 2

My ACE (Arts Council England) supported R&D (research and development) project ‘Surroundings’ is uncovering some fascinating, evocative and highly emotional stories, experiences and opinions from my volunteer interviewees. The difference between my original vision for how the interviews might pan out and what is actually happening, is as unexpected as ...

Tam Gilbert in Victoria attire

Sensing Helen: Life was difficult for many women in Victorian times – but how did society view disability?

Sensing Helen, a documentary by Dorset-based director Tam Gilbert, explores the lives of two women born in Dorset in the mid –1800s and compares them with Tam’s own experiences and those of other visually impaired women today. Elizabeth Groves from Weymouth and Sophia Ridout from Sturminster Newton, both went to the ...