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Lynn Weddle and Anya Ustaszewski: Living Portraits - disability arts online
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Our ask about Art / 27 March 2014

photo of artist Lynn Weddle, photographed on a path in the countryside

Lynn in the Sussex countryside

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Through our artistic collaboration  we wanted to give our participants a moment to be, to not do anything in particular, to be present and for us, not them, to make artwork informed by that.

We were, with support, perfectly placed and supported to hone and press the right buttons and of course shape the project we really wanted to do.  Living Portraits is about art however, with the focus on the two of us making artwork,   exploring a moment in time for and with young carers. 

For our proposed subjects, it is our understanding that their lives are so often not their own. Through our artistic collaboration, we wanted to give them a moment to be, to not do anything in particular, to be present and for us, not them, to make artwork informed by that. 

In these first few days as we shape our proposed delivery plan we are wrestling with what comes naturally – to facilitate a certain indignance that having artistic control necessitates. It’s going to be our decision ultimately. Voicing this, in itself goes against the grain yet today I was very clear in my sense that we had a formula that worked but I was getting bored of it. I was no longer giving my best.

Our Grants for Arts grant was made possible with assistance from Michelle Chorley through the ACE SE G4A fund that supports artists who may find the application process difficult to access by virtue of their impairments.