Kevin Hutchison McPhee & Fran Nobilucci

Play features in these artists work with emphasis on the relationships that form through play.  What is important within their work is that the person with complex disabilities directs what happens. The final art works will unfold over time.  The more they learn from each other, the more people they involve, then the more they … Continue reading Kevin Hutchison McPhee & Fran Nobilucci

For social care to thrive it needs a community-centred revolution by Paul Allen

For those of us working in social care, the last couple of years have been the toughest in living memory. From reports revealing the underfunding of services through to deepening staff shortages, it’s hard to see where any help and relief for the sector will come from. Particularly as there’s no end in sight to … Continue reading For social care to thrive it needs a community-centred revolution by Paul Allen

Benefit sanctions are punishing disabled people for the sake of it

Benefit sanctions are punishing disabled people for the sake of it by Frances Ryan The government’s cruel rhetoric is that with enough ‘tough love’, people too ill to get out of bed can hold down a job. Sanctions don’t work Four years ago, I wrote about the death of David Clapson. Clapson – a former … Continue reading Benefit sanctions are punishing disabled people for the sake of it

Disabled people should be seen as individuals, not as a drain on the taxpayer

Frances Ryan in the Guardian Dec 2017  ‘The Conservatives have repeatedly promised and failed to drive down unemployment figures while tightening eligibility and making cuts to out of work sickness benefits.’ Look closely enough and recent announcements reveal the two faces of Conservative disability policy. At the end of last month, Penny Mordaunt, the former … Continue reading Disabled people should be seen as individuals, not as a drain on the taxpayer

Background

Artlink has pioneered a unique way of working, under the banner of ‘The Ideas Team’; a kind of laboratory of experimental approaches where contemporary artists are paired with individuals with complex disabilities to explore different sensory experiences with them. These have included adventures in olfactory memory, sound and vibration, cross-media installations, time spent immersed in intense … Continue reading Background

New ways of thinking

Learning from people with complex learning disabilities informs the direction of this  work. This involves the artist and the individual working in partnersip, new forms of communication resulting from the relationships that form between them.   As a result ‘doors’ are opened to new ways of thinking about who we are and how we respect and learn … Continue reading New ways of thinking