Martyn Lake is a long-term member of the Rocket Artists whose practice includes collage and drawing.
He works from the Rocket Artists supported studio alongside other artists with and without learning disabilities. Martyn has exhibited artwork at ‘Side by Side’, Southbank Centre, London, through ‘Creative Minds Conference’, Brighton Dome and at Brighton Museum.
Untitled 2 by Martyn Lake (full version) Ink on Paper 2016
New banner art for DCN is by the following artist:
Amanda Wells (Ceridwen Powell) Statement and Biography
I am originally from West Yorkshire, and came to Mid-Wales in 1983 to study English at Aberystwyth University. I fell in love with the Mid-Wales region, and have lived in the area ever since. I moved to North Powys in 1998, where I am now very well settled, along with my dog, two ponies and two cats.
I am a keen writer and artist, and am a strong advocate of arts and creativity as a way for people and communities to thrive and heal. I have been writing for many years for my own sanity; most of my writing explores experiences of mental distress and the difficulties of surviving and navigating the mental health system. I use the pen-name Rosamund McCullain.
I am a developing visual artist, having come to art later in life, and see myself as a disabled and disability artist. I have had no formal art training but like to experiment with materials and ideas. My work explores disability, social, and environmental issues. I work in acrylic, watercolour and mixed media paintings, digital photography, small-scale clay, wire and mixed media sculptures. I am inspired by the beautiful Montgomeryshire landscape and Celtic myth and legend. I use the artist name Ceridwen Powell to reflect my adopted Welshness.
The Disability Co-operative Network champions disabled talent to museums and art galleries across the UK. We have created a year- long pilot for disabled artists to exhibit their artwork in our banner space on our website and twitter account.
The space will have a link to a webpage on the DCN’s website which will show the artist’s biography and profile, together with a link to their webpage.
Each artist or group of artists will have four months of exhibiting time. We expect this slot will be popular and we will look to create a banner slider to allow more artists to exhibit.
The Disability Co-operative Network is committed to raising the profile of disabled talent to the museum and heritage sector, working with charities, people, groups, corporations and the commercial sectors to develop innovation and systems of change for inclusion.
Redstart Arts aims to develop and deliver visual arts for adults with learning disabilities. We act as a platform for artists with learning disabilities, enabling them to work collaboratively with creative professionals to create high quality art, installations or products that have a valued place within the visual and applied arts world.
Since forming in 2011, our programmes have aimed to foster individual creativity, develop critical thinking and challenge ideas around inclusion and acceptance.