Disability Arts and Advocacy

Disability is a subject really close to my heart. I have a congenital hand difference which means I too live in a world with a non-standard body, where the rules of engagement are different. Working as a disabled artist has taken me into some joyous and wonderful work spaces. Working with people who are delighted to alter their way of working to make a project accessible to you is a beautiful thing, even small changes and that attitude make for a kind and creative space. Working with other people with impairments takes away the potential for harsh judgement, instead all bodies, minds and people are different and have different needs and can flourish in a supportive space.
 

For anyone who is interested, my hand is an example of macrodactyly, a rare growth difference that I was born with. I’ve had six surgeries, the last being over twelve years ago. My hand is now stable and whilst I will always have to adapt my movements and playing, I’ve done a lot of the learning and it’s pretty easy to live with. 

 

Disability Arts Projects I've been involved with:

HERA - We Ask These Questions Of Everybody

I have worked with the Paraorchestra since 2012, working with them on the Paralympics Closing Ceremony, The Queen's Speech 2012, The Nature of Why, Kraftwerk:Rewerk, Terry RIley's In C with Extraordinary Bodies

RNS Moves - the opening project with Candoco

Open Up Music, SWOYO, NOYO working as mentor or elsewhere to support the project

©2021 by Steph West