Threads: the delicate life of John Craske

Hearing about this book in a chance conversation seems very apt. Threads, by Julia Blackburn, in its journey to document the life of artist John Craske, picks up trails that are started by conversations, suggestions, and tangentially related topics. I wanted to find out more about this artist who, while gravely ill, conveyed his life, … More Threads: the delicate life of John Craske

Looking – and going – backwards?

I enjoyed re-connecting with, thinking about and being challenged by disability art this month. Hosting a discussion on the subject was just the start. Photographer and film-maker David Hevey was speaking in Leeds on 7th Dec. Hevey was largely responsible for radically re-framing images of disabled people and for challenging representation of disabled people in mainstream … More Looking – and going – backwards?

Deadline has passed for submitting work for the exhibition

Disabled artists were invited to submit work or proposals for the Shoddy exhibition. The deadline (18th December 2015) has now passed. The project now moves on to the next stage: selection. Lots of artists have been in touch, which is fantastic. The selection team will be looking at the submissions over the Christmas holidays and will … More Deadline has passed for submitting work for the exhibition

Shoddy, Subversive and Stunning – Disability Arts, Then and Now

Gemma Nash, guest speaker at Shoddy’s event “What is disability art?” in Leeds on 3rd Dec, writes about the issues that she covered at the event, points made by participants and further thoughts on disability arts. Read on to see why it’s been great to involve Gemma in Shoddy. And some of the questions raised … More Shoddy, Subversive and Stunning – Disability Arts, Then and Now

On shoddy thinking….

Dennis Queen, DAN and DPAC activist extraordinaire, introduces a poem she’s written for the blog. Thanks Dennis, love it! Shoddy, in the modern sense of lesser quality, means so many things, in respect of disabled people.  Thinking about that inspired this poem.   On Shoddy Thinking… Disabled people may be seen as defective, Less than … More On shoddy thinking….

“An enlightening and thought-provoking event”

Shoddy hosted an event last week for International Day of Disabled People (3.12.15) which asked the question, What is disability art? This attracted an audience that included disabled and non-disabled people, Deaf and hearing people, artists, students of disability studies and disability arts, alongside people who’d never heard of disability arts and people who were … More “An enlightening and thought-provoking event”