New banner by Martyn Lake of Rocket Artists

Rocket Artists

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

For more information about Martyn’s work and the Rocket Artists please email info@rocketartists.co.uk or visit www.rocketartists.co.uk

Press Release: New Book – The Incorrigibles ~ DASH

The Incorrigibles: Perspectives on Disability Visual Arts in the 20th and 21st Centuries Book Cover

The Incorrigibles: Perspectives on Disability Visual Arts in the 20th and 21st Centuries

http://dasharts.org/projects/the-incorrigibles-perspectives-on-disability-visual-arts-in-the-20th-and-21st-centuries.html

The drive to produce this book grew out of issues raised within two of DASH’s recent projects:

1: Awkward Bastards took place in March 2015, the first in a series of conferences bringing together an array of speakers – including historians, curators and artists – to discuss a wide range of ‘diversity’ issues.
One recurring theme within the conference was around the decision, both historically and now, to self-identify (or not) as a ‘Disabled’ or ‘black’ or ‘queer’ artist. The positive and negative implications of doing so, and what these implications still tell us about the machinations and prejudices of mainstream cultural organisations, remains an ongoing important
political debate as well as a deeply personal dilemma for artists.

2: Cultivate is a bespoke mentoring project for up and coming Disabled visual artists. As mentors within the project we became acutely aware that new and emerging Disabled artists were often unaware of the history and current context for potentially aligning their practice, aspirations and identity as artists within a wider ‘Disability Arts movement’. They were also often unaware of the work and range of current Disability Arts organisations and the support and resources available to them through these channels.

We hope that this book provides the reader – Disabled or non-disabled, arts professional or generalist, community or social care worker or disability activist – with greater insight and confidence to engage with these issues, and that new dialogues will emerge as a result.
The stories and artwork in this book unite the artists and demonstrate the strong vibrant genre that is progressive and inspirational to an emerging Disability Arts landscape. We are indebted to all the artists who responded with such openness, honesty and generosity of spirit.

This book is not just about Disability Arts and culture, it is a book about artists being artists, it is about a celebration of difference, it is about the will to survive as artists, it is about humanity, it is about the fact that art unites us all as human beings and that Disability Art is here and now!

We hope that The Incorrigibles will provide a valuable contribution at this significant and fundamental point in the history of Disability Art and culture. Recognising and understanding the history of Disabled artists in the past and their position in the present will be the basis of generating new and more enlightened practices in the future.

The book is available to purchase by pre order for £10 + £2.50 p&p here:

https://pay.gocardless.com/AL0000KMGH3HBK

For alternative methods of purchasing the book please contact Paula Dower

Join us to celebrate the publication of the book at one of the upcoming launches:

  • Monday 28th November 2016, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool as part of DADAFest, 6:30pm until 7:30pm
  • Tuesday 6th December 2016, Arts Admin, London, 6:00pm until 7:30pm
  • Thursday 8th December 2016, mac Birmingham, 6:00pm until 7:30pm

These events are free but please RSVP to info@dasharts.org

Please note: for the DADAFest event, you need to book online via: http://www.dadafest.co.uk/the-festival/event/dash-arts-book-launch/

DCN Banner Art ~ Ceridwen Powell

DCN Banner Art - Mentor, by Amanda Wells

Banner Art

New banner art for DCN is by the following artist:

Amanda Wells (Ceridwen Powell) Statement and Biography

Amanda Wells Profile Picture
Amanda Wells

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.

Contact Detail

e-mail: info@ceridwenpowellart.com

www.ceridwenpowellart.com

DCN Banner Art ~ Redstart Arts

Redstart DCN banner Art

What we do

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.

Website: http://www.redstartarts.com/about.html