disability arts online

About

Freewheeling mission statement

Freewheeling is a disability led initiative focused on providing a ‘hub’ around which to foster integrated arts projects. We aim to allow ideas and artistic concepts to develop while maintaining an emphasis on promoting academic research that acts to reposition Disability Arts and the status of disabled artists within the arts and cultural sector.

Through the dissection of narratives that act to dis-empower, and deriving an understanding of the thought patterns that act to hold them in place, previous Freewheeling collaborations have used surreal juxtapositions and quirky re-presentations of disability equipment to facilitate new ways of seeing, being and knowing.

To achieve this, techniques such as direct intervention into the cityscape, multimedia installation and performance have been used to convey these messages and generate a wide spread public debate about the nature/value of a contemporary arts practice shaped by the experience of disability.

While being disability led, our work also has a focus on valuing the interplay between disabled and non-disabled artists and arts producers, creating spaces where mutual learning can take place. This is seen as an effective strategy when aiming to raise the profile and value of work informed by the experience of disability because, through that integration, disability and disabled artists are modelled as being an equal, valued and integral part of the diverse range of embodiments that form part of our arts and cultural sector.

Contact

Please email Freewheeling with any enquiries:

Press/Media: freewheeling4media@gmail.com

Messages of support / donations: freewheeling4fans@gmail.com 

Any other enquiries: freewheeling4@gmail.com

 

Artistic Director: Sue Austin

 

Communications & Project Management: Andrea Frankham-Hughes

07971 058336 freewheeling4andrea@gmail.com

 

Co-producer (development, finance, web): Trish Wheatley

07766 760980 freewheeling4trish@gmail.com 

 

 

 

Please note that both Sue and Trish work on a part-time basis and that during work on the Cultural Olympiad this time is very pressured. We will endeavour to respond to any enquiries as soon as we possibly can.