Category Archives: Music & arts

Photographs offer fresh perspective on disability

TweetDepictions of friendship, cityscapes and natural images are among the powerful photographs in an international arts competition reflecting the world from a disabled person’s perspective. Photographers with Down’s syndrome from the UK, Greece, Japan, New Zealand and America have entered … Continue reading

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Crowdsourced art project maps our democratic history

TweetWith the election a few weeks away, democracy is the timely subject of a new digital art project designed to shed light on Britain’s parliamentary history. Democracy Street is curated by artist Jon Adams who has Asperger’s syndrome – a … Continue reading

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Art show celebrates diversity

TweetThe graceful depiction of birds, above, is among the art works on display in a new exhibition celebrating diversity. I’m sharing some of the pieces here because I was taken by the broad range of subjects and contrasting styles of … Continue reading

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Mental health on TV: entertainment vs realism and sensitivity

TweetIf someone’s arm was broken on TV we would see it bandaged up. If someone had diabetes we would see them receiving insulin. If we see someone had a heart condition we would see them wired up to an ECG … Continue reading

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Eyesore to eyecatching: art transforms boarded up London shops

TweetI usually run a mile from any sniff of a town or city rebranding (anyone remember “Staines-upon-Thames” or indeed “Proud to be Slough“?). But I’m interested in the bold focus on street art and local artists in the drive to … Continue reading

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‘I am different, that is good’: how an actor with Down’s syndrome is changing perceptions

TweetReally enjoyed talking to the brilliant actor Sarah Gordy for today’s interview in The Guardian. As I explain in the piece, the established theatre and television professional, who has Down’s syndrome, is breaking new ground by playing a character without … Continue reading

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Festival season: access a few more areas

TweetSummer festival season is underway and in just over a week, a new event in the North East will help grow the burgeoning accessible live music scene. Inclusivity and access are not (yet) par for the course at live arts … Continue reading

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Enlightenment at the end of the tunnel of love

Tweet“Flirty, playful love” is not, so the general perception goes, the realm of people who happen to have a learning disability. But that concept is being turned joyfully on its head via a heart-shaped door, a “tunnel of love”, mirrors, … Continue reading

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Storytelling for people with learning disabilities: ‘We just natter away’

Tweet. Lisa Johnson is a writer. The 30-year-old from Sheffield recently had a book published, a collection of poems, songs and stories put together with fellow authors from her writing collective. Today she will take part in a workshop in … Continue reading

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We need to listen to the quieter voices

TweetToday is the start of Learning Disability Week 2014, the annual campaigning and awareness drive run by Mencap. This year’s campaign week celebrates people overcoming adversity, prejudice and ignorance and it’s a welcome moment to focus on the positive amid … Continue reading

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