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The Unlimited Festival blog engages with artists, producers and audience at one of the biggest exposures of Disability Arts ever to happen in London. Coinciding with the Paralympic games, the festival runs from 30 August – 9 September, 2012

Colin Hambrook blogs about a workshop with Rachel Gadsden and the Bambanani group, whose exhibition opens at the Royal Festival Hall today

31 August 2012

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abstract detail from portrait painting of a young woman's face, decorated with white spots by Rachel Gadsden

Unlimited Global Alchemy is opening today at the Southbank Centre, Level 2 Foyers at the Royal Festival Hall. The exhibition contains a body of drawings, paintings, sketchbooks and films by Rachel Gadsden and the six members of the Bambanani artist-activist group from Khayelitsha Township, South Africa. I had the privilege of meeting three members of the group with Rachel at a presentation at DaDaFest yesterday at the Bluecoat in Liverpool. Films of Nondumiso Hlwele, Thobani Ncapai and Bongiwe...

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Chas de Swiet, Associate Producer of Liberty talks about his hopes for this years' showcase

29 August 2012

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black and white portrait photo of chas de swiet

Liberty is an exciting project to be involved in and since being first commissioned by the Mayor of London ten years ago it has grown to become a significant event for the capital – as a showcase of deaf and disabled artists of course, but also as a great cultural event in and of itself. We are always pleasantly surprised to find how keen performers are to appear as part of the Liberty festival and we believe that this reflects the reputation that the festival has built up over the...

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Colin Hambrook responds to Motion Disabled Unlimited @ Southbank Centre

27 August 2012

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photo of a large inflatable sculpture of a figure with short arms in Leicester city centre

A core part of Simon McKeown's 'Motion Disabled Unlimited' commission is an 11-metre-tall  inflatable sculpture of a disabled avatar with short arms, which has been touring the country. Deborah Caulfield wrote a response for DAO, analysing its impact as part of the torch relay celebrations, in South Park, Oxford last month. Since then its been hard to keep up with it. The sculpture appeared in the Festival Square in Edinburgh and in Leicester. From the 29th August to 2nd September it will...

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Viv Colvill from Freewheelers introduces Steep Rain @ Liberty

23 August 2012

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Steep Rain is a new digital artwork from Freewheelers, created by the Company. It is one of the results of three years' work on the Audacity project funded by the Arts Council which has enabled us to collect stories about disabled people's lives and interactions in society.  Steep Rain explores experiences of disability choreographed imagery, animation, with a sound track of stories, set to music by Graham Dowdall, to create a visually stunning and powerful experience...

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We want you for our Unlimited @ Southbank blog and gallery!

22 August 2012

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As you can see from the blog description "The Unlimited Festival blog engages with artists, producers and audience at one of the biggest exposures of Disability Arts ever to happen in London. Coinciding with the Paralympic games, the festival runs from 30 August – 9 September, 2012" Unlimited @ Southbank is not only about the art but about the people.  We are after short blog entries (or longer if you feel inspired) which record not so much reviews of the art but...

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