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‘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 ...

A Volunteers Insight Into Supporting Learning Disabled Artists at Venture Arts by Hamble-Rose Dean

Venture Arts volunteers assist their team of professional artists within the studio environment. They support learning disabled people to produce high quality artwork resulting in increased wellbeing confidence, social and creative skills. Volunteers at Venture Arts come from all walks of life – student, professional, creative, social care and health. Equally, ...

“You’re Not Trans… You’re Autistic!”

Aimee Challenor is 20 years. She is a transgender individual and also autistic. She and others from Trans communities feel they have had their Transgender identity undermined by medical professionals because of their autism. This has led to the delaying of gender reassignment procedures. How does it feel to ‘come out’ as Trans, only to have to hide autism? Challenor speaks out ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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
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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. ...