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12 January 2012

'Creating the Spectacle!' in the mix!

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We are thrilled to announce that 'Creating the Spectacle!' is part of the Maritime Mix, the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad by the sea. World-class outdoor theatre, earth science and art,...

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3 February 2012

Freewheeling meets the Cultural Olympiad

Last night Freewheeling's Sue Austin and Trish Wheatley attended an event at Tate Britain hosted by LOCOG. This reception was the launch of the Cultural Olympiad with LOCOG, funders and...

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16 February 2012

BBC exclusive broadcast of underwater wheelchair

On Monday March 5th 2012, the BBC's Inside Out South West will feature the development of the underwater wheelchair. This is really exciting because it will also be the first television...

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22 February 2012

C-Waves Diving - Breaking the Surface

People looking at exhibition boards showing underwater photography
C-Waves Diving, who have been closely involved in the development of 'Creating the Spectacle!', present an exhibition of photographs taken above and below the waterline during snorkelling...

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5 March 2012

Norman Lomax, Director of Photography for 'Creating the Spectacle!' shares his experiences of the project so far

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I have always had a passion for telling visual stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things and so was intrigued when I was introduced to the 'Creating the Spectacle!' project by...

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5 March 2012

Documenting the Process: BBC Inside Out at 7.30 pm on Monday 5th March

As an Unlimited commission, 'Creating the Spectacle!' is a project which presents an ambitious and unprecedented series of live performances of a self-propelled underwater wheelchair that...

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19 March 2012

Artist and wordsmith Gini is caused to Re-imagine wheelchairs folllowing an experience at Osprey Leisure Centre

pencil sketch of bird with head up seeming to be calling out
Gini and Sue have known each other since Testing the Edges, a project exploring disability, identity and artistic group dynamics at Salisbury Arts Centre in 2009. More recently Gini has been...

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17 April 2012

Freewheeling team attends British Airways event in Portland

Woman in wheelchair with crutches at back watching speech at unveiling of plaque ceremony.
Members of Freewheeling's 'Creating the Spectacle!' team were recently invited to attend an event to celebrate Osprey Leisure Centre becoming the recipient of the first British Airways...

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17 April 2012

Trish reflects on the trip to Egypt: a milestone for 'Creating the Spectacle!'

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It is a month today since the 8-strong Freewheeling team flew out to Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt to film the underwater wheelchair in the Red Sea. There was a mixed sense of exhaustion from the weeks...

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30 April 2012

The trip to Egypt as seen through the lens of Norman Lomax, Director of Photography for 'Creating the Spectacle!'

Underwater photo of two male divers assisting woman in wheelchair with goggles
Back from Egypt where we spent 6 days shooting footage for ICCI 360 arena plus additional documentary material. Wow, what an intense trip! Utterly exhausting both mentally and physically but all the...

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8 May 2012

Gini looks for a role model

Inspired by the chairborne aquanaut of the poem, this image was created in Brushes as a contrast to the framed and contained presentation of Triptychos.
Gini, has published her latest blog on Disability Arts Online and touches on faith, mythology, hope and role-models. It's becoming a fascinating aspect of 'Creating the Spectacle!' as...

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16 June 2012

Tickets released for 'Creating the Spectacle!' Part 1 - The Mouth of the Fleet Lagoon - participatory event

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You are invited to witness Part 1 of ‘Creating the Spectacle!’ a groundbreaking series of live art events for the Cultural Olympiad. Tickets are now available from this website for the...

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26 June 2012

Andrea Frankham-Hughes looks back at our first filming trip to Egypt

Andrea assists Sue with her costume after a dive
Weeks of fervent organisation preceeded our first trip to Egypt in March and as the newest project manager, my task was to get the entire team, their specialist kit and the underwater wheelchair out...

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28 June 2012

From Portland to Sharm El Sheikh and Beyond by Rob Hughes

Diver, Rob Hughes on the seabed working with air cylinders and hosepipe to make the bubble curtain
‘Creating the Spectacle!’ 2012 Sounds like an Ad campaign for an Opticians but let me assure you its not. But you may think you need to get your eyes checked after you see what Artist...

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28 June 2012

Guy Brasher talks about The Freewheelin’ Sue Austin

Four people in wetsuits lift Sue out of the water at Fleet Lagoon in her wheelchair
I was sitting in Plymouth University’s Roland Levinsky building on the first floor when I first saw Sue’s work. I was transfixed. I could not take my eyes off her laptop, which was about...

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28 June 2012

'The Mouth of Fleet Lagoon' filming event on 27 June makes ITV regional news

'The Mouth of Fleet Lagoon' filming event on 27 June was an exciting and dramatic live art spectacle. It was part one of Sue Austin's Unlimited commission 'Creating the...

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23 July 2012

Stunning image from 'Creating the Spectacle!' featured in the Independent on Sunday

Side-on view of woman in wheelchair in tropical sea wearing summer. Her arms stretched out and looking up to the surface. Coral in the foreground and a shoal of fish in middle ground across the whole image.
On 22nd July 2012 The Independent on Sunday published a stunning image of Sue Austin in her underwater wheelchair from a recent visit to Egypt for filming as part of her Unlimited commission for the...

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7 August 2012

Exclusive opportunity to see the underwater wheelchair live! Tickets now on sale....

A ground-breaking series of works by artist Sue Austin in her self-propelled underwater wheelchair as part of her Unlimited commission. The swimming pool is transformed into a sub-aquatic arena as...

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17 August 2012

'Creating the Spectacle!' featured by Channel 4 news

Man in suit crouching down to look at construction of underwater wheelchair
Channel 4 news cultural editor Matthew Cain has just posted a blog about 'Creating the Spectacle!' after a recent visit to see Sue in action at a pool rehearsal. He described what he saw as...

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31 August 2012

Freewheeling goes global!

We've had a fantastic response from press all over the world about 'Creating the Spectacle!' and the pool performances. Our final performance tonight at Osprey Leisure Centre, Portland...

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2 September 2012

Keeping the show on the road

Phil Stewart of Hands On Clinic in Braunton, Devon provides an insight into the essential treatments that enable Freewheeling's Artistic Director Sue Austin to deal with the physical demands of...

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8 September 2012

'Creating the Spectacle!' Online - Part 2 - Finding the Flame

Woman in wheelchair underwater carrying Paralympic torch
Our second video has just been released for the online series of films as part of 'Creating the Spectacle!' and is not available on any video sharing sites. Watch it here...

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13 April 2013

People Like You

In March and April 2013 Sue Austin's 'Creating the Spectacle!' was featured alongside the work of two other female disabled artists, Gini and Liz Crow at an exhibition called People Like...

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13 April 2013

Sue Austin speaks at TEDMED

Sue has been invited to speak in Washington DC at the TEDMED conference on Thursday 18 April 2013. We will be making updates as news arises. Keep in touch and up to date through Facebook...

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