2017 Resources

Disability and Art

We want to examine artists who have been disabled, artists who have featured disabled people through a social model lens but also to understand the attitudes existing at different times over history.




Zuly Sanguino, Young Limbless Mouth Painter, Bolivia

It’s been a difficult life for this 25-year-old who was born with no arms or legs and has been subjected to bullying, sexual abuse and even contemplated suicide. But Zuly Sanguino has proven that she is bigger than those challenges and is now a successful public speaker hoping to inspire others to overcome the hurdles […]

Riva Lehrer

https://3arts.org/artist/riva-lehrer/ Riva Lehrer (b. Cincinnati 1958). Artist, writer and curator, whose work focuses on issues of physical identity and the socially challenged body, especially in explorations of cultural depictions of disability. Ms. Lehrer’s art work has been seen in venues including the United Nations, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, […]

Healing Spas and Ugly Clubs: How Victorians Taught Us to Treat People With Disabilities

Healing Spas and Ugly Clubs: How Victorians Taught Us to Treat People With Disabilities http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/healing-spas-and-ugly-clubs-how-victorians-taught-us-to-treat-people-with-disabilities/ By Lisa Hix — July 21st, 2015 In Netflix’s “Daredevil” series, a 2015 adaptation of a 1960s Marvel comic, flashbacks reveal that an accident blinding a boy also enhances his other four senses and gives him one more—radar location. That means the adult Matt […]

A short history of mental illness in art From Hogarth to Van Gogh, art has challenged our understanding of mental illness. Jonathan Jones’ shares his top ten for our mental health appeal

https://www.theguardian.com/society/christmas-charity-appeal-2014-blog/2015/jan/13/-sp-a-short-history-of-mental-illness-in-art

Art History and Disability

http://arthistoryteachingresources.org/lessons/disability-in-art-history/ FIRST THINGS FIRST… This class will look at examples of the disabled human body as it has been represented in art history. What does it mean to be human? How is the body used and represented in visual culture? How are formations of disability articulated in relation to ideas of normality, hybridity, and/or anomaly, […]

Bodily Perfection Polykleitos, Doryphoros, marble copy of bronze original, c. 450–440 BCE

National Disability Arts Collection and Archive

The UK Disability Arts Movement is a unique movement which began in Britain in the 1970s. It was made up of a group of angry disabled people and their allies who broke barriers, helped change the law, and made great culture about that struggle. This heritage story will live on through NDACA – the collection […]

Dwarfs in the Arts: Diego Velázquez

Dwarfs in the Arts: Diego Velázquez http://www.pbs.org/pov/nobiggerthanaminute/diego-velazquez/ Long before any writing appeared about dwarfs, they could be found in artwork created in every culture and in every time period. Images of dwarfs were plentiful in the ancient world, in the stone carvings and sculptures of Egypt, the vases of Greece, and the stone reliefs of […]

Disabled artists life and works for KS2 and KS 3 students

Art KS2/KS3 2 sessions examining different disabled artists life and works.  download

Frida Kahlo – disabled artists

Frida Kahlo.  download

Breughel 1521-1569 and the portrayal of disabled people

Breughel painter of the people 1521-1569. Activities KS3-KS5 download

Michelangelo one of the greatest artists lived and worked with Asperger syndrome

  Michelangelo is widely regarded as the most famous artist of the Italian Renaissance. Among his works are the “David” and “Pieta” statues and the Sistine Chapel frescoes. It is now thought that he had many features of high functioning autism or Aspergers syndrome. Michelangelo was born on March 6, 1475, in Caprese, Italy. Born to […]

Richard III Distortion for propoganda

Richard III, portrait with overpaint, c. 1504–20 View ‘Richard III, portrait with overpaint, c. 1504–20′ on the British Library website http://www.bl.uk/collection-items/richard-iii-portrait-with-overpaint-c-1504-20 This painting in the Royal Collection was first recorded in an inventory of Henry VIII’s collection and would have been commissioned either by Henry VII or Henry VIII as part of a set of […]