The manifesto is intended to provide a broad set of statements to support disabled people to tackle loneliness and isolation during this time and beyond.
What this manifesto is about
Who is it for?
This manifesto seeks to draw from the lives, interests, likes, strengths and innovations people with complex disabilities, their peers and families, lead on as the experts of their own lives and identities.
What are our key aims?
- Be bold, be curious.
- Seek new experiences.
- Find joy in the challenge.
- Connect and be connected.
A message from the artist, Tanya Raabe-Webber
I was asked by Sense Arts to create a manifesto for Sense Connect – a programme for disabled people to form social connections with peers and non-disabled people during this time.Tanya Raabe-Webber
My name is Tanya Raabe-Webber, a disabled artist. At an early age, I discovered I was good at drawing and painting and this gave me a voice to tell the stories of my life as a disabled person living in a disabling world. I have made a very successful career out of being an artist as a painter of people, including painting portraits of many well known Disabled People who have pioneered significant changes in our society.
One of these portraits was of Neil Baldwin, a man with learning disabilities whom the BBC made a film about called Marvellous. These portraits celebrate their lives and have been exhibited in many of our public galleries including the Tate and the National Portrait Gallery in London.
I have also spent a lot of my career supporting and nurturing other artists to reach their potential on their own terms. In 2015 I set up ArtStudio01, an inclusive artist collective in an artist’s studio complex in an old supermarket building in Shrewsbury.
ArtStudio01 supports seven learning disabled artists with complex disabilities to make their work and to develop their professional practice through exhibiting their work nationally and internationally.
Portraits of family and friends
Sense Connect was supported by Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.