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Vince sits for Tanya Raabe at Tate Modern / 1 October 2011

photo of poet Vince Laws standing in front of an easel with a sketch by tanya raabe

Vince Laws sits for Tanya Raabe, as part of Revealing Culture at Tate Modern

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I’ve just sat for a portrait by Tanya Raabe. I'm not going to lie, I had a blast. There I stood, an HIV+ depressed queer performing poetry in the Tate - how did that happen? I want to do it again!

It was a pleasure to sit for Tanya, she made it very easy, we just chatted away about life, art, disability - then threw the doors open to the public. Friends came and stayed. Strangers - hesitant at first - joined us, and took up the challenge of drawing a portrait too.

I love Tanya's work, her bold lines and her use of colour so I'm chuffed to have been chosen and I'm looking forward to seeing the finished work. Hats off to the Tate for putting disability art right where it deserves to be, and I'm proud to say we didn't look a bit out of place. I shall be living off that day for quite some time to come - inspirational.