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1-26 February 2016
The Guardian
Kings Place, 90 York Way
London N1 9GU

An exhibition by the Central Illustration Agency (CIA) and Graeae Theatre Company
celebrating 35 years of placing Deaf and disabled artists centre stage.

In February 2016, CIA and Graeae launched Reframing the Myth at The Guardian’s exhibition space in King’s Cross. CIA has partnered 40 of its illustrators with 40 of Graeae Theatre Company’s artists to explore their mutual creativity and produce artwork inspired by the experiences of the company’s actors, dancers, writers and directors.

Sally and Mel Sally and Mel at the opening of Reframing the Myth exhibition at the Guardian, Kings Place, February 2016. Photo by Peter Dauncey

I was invited to take part in this collaborative project by Graeae. I was paired up with Mel Stevens whose art forms are circus, physical and street theatre. Mel was practising at Circomedia in Kingswood, Bristol. So we arranged for me to go down and just draw her during the day and whatever came out of that day would be our piece of work. Our warm up was to draw her at her juggling session in the morning and then I watched and drew her all afternoon flying high and making stunning and colourful shapes in her aerial silk work.

I worked in pen to make quick, immediate drawings to capture her movement and filled a 4 metre concertina sketchbook. Later I painted the rich orange silks in coloured inks with Mel in purples, pinks and reds. A selection of my drawings were scanned and are on display in the exhibition.

Pages from the sketchbook

Pages from the sketchbook

ArtworkPages from the sketchbook

Sally talking about her collaboration with Mel Stevens at Circomedia, Bristol, December 2015. Recorded by Graeae, January 2016.
Running time approx 7 mins 58 secs.

To see whole skecthbook click here



My Life
Shape Open Competition 2016

5 -21 February 2016
Guest Projects
1 Andrews Road
London E8 4QL
Open Thursday-Sunday 12pm-5pm (or by appointment)

This year, the ground-breaking annual Shape Open exhibition will be at Guest Projects space, hosted by Shape Open Patron Yinka Shonibare MBE.

The Shape Open 2016 theme ‘My Life’ encouraged both disabled and non-disabled artists to creatively express life through the lens of disability.

The responses are serious-minded, satirical, and often ambiguous, requiring the viewer to consider the different aspects of disability and to challenge the way disability is perceived.

The final artworks were carefully selected for the exhibition by a panel of judges including Yinka Shonibare MBE, Carly Jayne – Shape Open Prize Winner 2014, and from Shape Arts, Tony Heaton OBE and Ben Fredericks (video/audio only).

The Invisible Woman "The Invisible Woman", 2015

I'm one of 40 artists selected for this exhibition, and am showing “The Invisible Woman”, which is my disabled person's Freedom Pass. It goes everywhere with me and is my lifeline. It's been lost in the back of someone's van, nearly been in the washing machine several times, and has faded almost to nothing.



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