Disabled artists’ work to be showcased at Glasgow Tramway’s Festival

Tramway’s Unlimited Festival 2018 returns for its second year in Glasgow from 17 – 21 October. 

Photo by Susan Hay

The festival supports and presents the work of both acclaimed and emerging disabled artists. Dance, visual arts, sound installation and film will be presented during the week-long event.

Tramway is an international art space based in Glasgow with the vision to connect audience to artist. The project is part of Glasgow Life. All of the festival events will take place at the Tramway space in the city’s south side.

Chair of Glasgow Life, David McDonald, says: “Tramway’s Unlimited Festival presents a range of innovative, entertaining and enquiring work by emerging and established disabled artists.

“There are also fascinating opportunities to learn more, and be further inspired by the work on show through Tramway’s Take Part engagement programme as the artists share their insights and techniques.”

Photo by Brian Hartley

Dance

111 is a duet between Joel Brown and former principal ballerina with Scottish Ballet, Eve Must. The dancers move through different physical and skeletal structures that alter the relationship and power between them.

-ish is a dance performance from Glasgow-based Aby Watson with various bodies of all. Helium balloons and a space hopper will be used in the piece which is made from the perspective of a dyspraxic choreographer.

Workshops

Tramway’s engagement programme Take Part will provide opportunities to explore the work further with workshops, masterclasses and discussion events.

Adam Sloan will lead a choreography masterclass giving an insight into his practice and the systems he uses to develop his work.

Joel Brown will present a dance masterclass exploring the themes used in 111.

Being a disabled artist: Relevance, Representation & Resilience is an inclusive conversation with disabled artists about practice and progress in the sector.

Aby Watson will lead a workshop inviting dyspraxic participants into her choreographic practice.

Photo by Jassy Earl Photography

Live performances

In Gallanach a piece of live art by award winning artist Amy Rosa, a web of live copper wiring, shallow bowls of water and ceremonial herbs combine with ritual movement to create a work that conveys an experience of living with the chronic illness Fibromyalgia.

Juliet Robson’s hertz gives a glimpse into a hidden universe, making inaudible sound tangible. Hear and the feel the movement of glaciers, the Aurora Borealis, the stars themselves in an installation developed by artist Juliet Robson in collaboration with leading academics from fields of astrophysics, meteorology and mathematics.

Film

Glas(s) performance presents Eleven a short film by Isaac Clark-O’Malley and Phillipa Clark. Eleven documents a year in the life of a boy called Isaac and his mum as he turns 11. It provides a unique perspective from the family of a child with complex needs and offers a valuable insight into the beauty, pain and reality of their world as they experience it together.

For more information about the festival and how to get tickets click here.

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