Welfare Imaginaries

I was pleased to have been invited to speak at the Welfare Imaginaries first seminar in a series last month. It’s great that the organisers knew about Shoddy and wanted to include a disability narrative in this project, which examines how ideas of welfare state have been constructed over time. Here are the notes of … More Welfare Imaginaries

Preview of Shoddy’s workshop at Love Arts Festival

Catherine Robins, assistant curator at the Thackray Medical Museum, and I held a preview session for the textile group at Leeds Mind of the workshop we’ll be running on 20th October. The workshop is part of the Love Arts Festival, celebrating creativity and mental wellbeing, called Discovering the Workhouse Embroideries of Lorina Bulwer. I came … More Preview of Shoddy’s workshop at Love Arts Festival

National coverage for Shoddy: today’s Observer

A great story in today’s Observer – in the main paper (page 15 if you’ve got the actual newspaper copy) by Frances Ryan, who quickly picked up the story of Shoddy via Twitter. You can read the article, Disabled artists use their skills to highlight ‘shoddy and cruel’ treatment over benefits, here.   And I … More National coverage for Shoddy: today’s Observer

Fools in High Places

This week I’ll be sharing some writing and opinions from disabled people who’ve contacted or been contacted by Shoddy. While not part of the exhibition, their words and concerns are worth sharing as part of this project, particularly in this budget week, to show what austerity means in practice. See also Steve Groves’ comments under … More Fools in High Places