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On becoming and unbecoming an artist, and never quite letting go

But you’re no good at art, said my mother when, age 15, I told her I wanted to go to art school. She was right. That’s why I wanted to go to art school. To learn. Become an artist. Only my art teacher had faith. You can draw, he said. He was ...

Heart box filled with pills

Pick & Mix Valentine

I made this piece last year from my hoard of leftover tablets and a discarded Butlers Chocolate box. Sadly, I did not have the pleasure of eating the chocolates first and also sadly I have eaten most of the medications now within. I stuck a gold glittered tit on the top ...

image of the artists wearing a red conical hat, standing in frot of a blackboard

How to be a Dyslexic Artist

Chapter 2: Talking to Strangers Benedict Phillips and Aby Watson explore how a dyspraxic dancer and a dyslexic visual art came to reflect upon each other’s work and collaborate on a 24 hour project at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in the summer of 2018. Q.1- How our conversation began... AW: It could ...

image of the artists wearing a red conical hat, standing in frot of a blackboard

‘How to be a Dyslexic Artist and Other Stories’ – call out for participants

An opportunity for dyslexic adults ages 18+ Including one to one skills & mentoring support 9 Weekly sessions at The Tetley, Leeds Thursday evenings, 6pm – 8:30pm Starting April 2019 Find out more: Presentation and Q&A at The Tetley, Thurs 21st Feb, start 6pm - 7pm Application deadline: 6pm, Thursday 14th March How to ...

PERSPECTIVES | Final Exhibition at Manchester One

Learning disabled artists present their final exhibition in the Perspectives series in the heart of Manchester city centre- supported by Bruntwood - 29 January – 6 February 2019 City centre Bruntwood space - Manchester One, will host the final exhibition to complete the PERSPECTIVES series – a variety of exhibitions, happenings and creative exchanges ...

collage

axe-throwing as a first date

for couple of years we've been screengrabbing and layering and commenting; as a result there are now 30 final posters online now (piers and sausage rolls and army recruitment ads in the final one) online To see more go to: www.flickr.com/photos/joey1981/albums/72157705579749464 – our faves still donald's husband coming out against trump ...

What’s in a label? A question of funding.

I’m shooting from the hip on this one. I’m angry, frustrated, pi**ed off. I have just had another rejection, that makes 11 on the bounce without being shortlisted or interviewed. I know it's a numbers game and something just has to turn up soon. Also the funding situation is such that ...

Colin outting together the DAO zine

2018 annual highlights

2018 has been a year of cuts to services, with Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) leading the way in protesting against Universal Credit, which is being rolled out across the country. Combined with the dissolution of Disability Living Allowance, the Independent Living Fund and cuts to Access to ...

Shop ethical this Christmas

Shop ethical this Christmas By now we're sure you're well into the swing of present buying bliss, but if you find yourself struggling for gift ideas, Creative Future have a whole range of fantastically affordable and awesomely ethical limited edition prints that make wonderful gifts for art lovers.  And as an added ...

A signer is pictured in profile to the right of Ruth Gould seated on stage in a wheelchair.

DaDaFest 2018 takes on themes of living and dying under the title of: Passing: What’s Your Legacy

DaDaFest in Liverpool has held a big place in my heart since the early 2000s. I know there are many disabled / Deaf artists and allies who feel a powerful emotional connection to the DaDaFest International Disability Arts Festival and look forward to when it comes around. The popularity is very ...