What has working with people with profound learning disabilities brought to your practice? 

STEVE  HOLLINGSWORTH:  Working  as  artist  has  enriched,  invigorated  and  expanded  the  potential  of  my practice.  My  ideas  were  forced  to  adapt  and  change  in  order  to  communicate  with  the  radically  different subjectivities  I  encounter  in  my  work.  It  enabled  collaborations  to  occur  where  new  ideas  arose  through discussion  (with  other  artists)  and  constantly  working  through  themes  and  potentials.  More  than  anything  it enforces  and  empowers  open  thinking,  for  me  it  removed  self-imposed  borders  to  my  perceived  practice  and empowered  me  to  engage  with  new  areas  of  practice,  specifically  sound  and  performance,  it  moved  me beyond  reliance  on  object  as  a  representation  and  focused  me  on  tiny  exchanges  through  time  and  the importance  of  performative  work  unfolding  through  a  mutually  equal  and  respectful  space.  Its  no  accident  that  I now  collaborate  with  fellow  Artlink;  Artist  Jim  Colquhoun  with  whom  I  have  developed  a  collaborative, performative  practice  employing  many  of  the  ideas  we  explore  through  our  sensory  workshops.  Artlink  gave me  confidence  to  try  new  ideas  and  experiment. I  have  met  many  fascinating  people  through  my  work  with  Artlink,  who  in  turn  have  challenged  and  expanded my  thinking.  My  PhD  came  about  as  a  result  of  my  work  with  Artlink  and  my  research  is  concerned  with addressing  the  creative  potential  of  disability  and  its  ‘fold’  into  performance  work.

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