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.

Visit our Artists and Disability page for profiles of many individual artists.




Disability & Visual Arts – KS1 & KS2 Assemblies

We have made 2 powerpoints on this year’s theme, for use in assemblies.

Celebrating the artistic history of people with disabilities – Shakira Dyer

> Celebrating the artistic history of people with disabilities Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell speaking at a DHM event in Portcullis House, Westminster Shakira Dyer reports on Disability History Month 2017 and its focus on the arts UK Disability History Month (DHM) has existed in the UK for seven years, but not many people know about it. Running from […]

Launch Event 2017

Video footage, and accompanying materials used at the Launch of UKDHM 2017, at Portcullis House, Parliament. 22 November 2017.

Disability and Art – Secondary Assembly presentation

Given by Richard Rieser. All info in the presentation is elaborated on in the 2017 broadsheet.

Disabled photographer, Kev Howard’s exhibition d-FORMED

Saltburn-based Kev Howard’s social documentary and observational photography has reached global audiences for more than a decade. He’s photographed hundreds of bands, poets, artists and demonstrations in that time – with a photo of Benjamin Zephaniah appearing in The Independent, and his photo of Saltburn-based writer Carmen Marcus gracing the cover of her critically acclaimed […]

2017 Teaching materials overview

We have produced resources examining
a) the representation of disabled people across time and culture.
b) artists who were themselves disabled.
c) with National Disability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA) the history of the Disability Arts Movement, which has sought since 1970s to promote the work of disabled artists and to challenge the oppression disabled people continue to face.

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2017 Broadsheet

12 page illustrated analysis providing essential background for teachers. This examines our three themes with a largely European perspective from ancient cultures to the present day.

2017 Day Conference

Videos and powerpoints for Art and Disability Day Conference,
21st October 2017

2017 Timeline

A timeline showing the relationship between art and disability

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Sierra Leone amputees turn to art

Casualties from Sierra Leone’s civil war find a new horizon through art.
By Tom McKinley, BBC, 2002

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Disability in Medieval Art

A selection of medieval depictions of disability from Marvellous to Behold: Miracles in Medieval Manuscripts, Deirdre Jackson, 2007

Early Graphic Illustration, Comic Strips and Disability

The history of printing goes back to the duplication of images by means of stamps in very early times. The use of round seals for rolling an impression into clay tablets goes back to early Mesopotamian civilization before 3000 BCE, they feature complex and beautiful images. In both China and Egypt, the use of small stamps for […]

Hogarth to Vagabondiana Examining Two visualisations of disability in C18TH by Simon Jarrett

Hogarth to Vagabondiana by Simon Jarrett We are going to look today at two visualisations of disability in the eighteenth century, firstly from the artist William Hogarth in the middle of the century and then in a book from 1817 called Vagabondiana, by John Thomas Smith, which took a rather nostalgic look back at the […]

Disability aesthetics and the body beautiful: Signposts in the history of art Tobin Siebers 2008- Sculpture

Disability aesthetics and the body beautiful: Signposts in the history of art L’esthétique du handicap et la beauté du corps : des indications dans l’histoire de l’art Author links open overlay panelTobinSiebers Show more https://doi.org/10.1016/j.alter.2008.08.002Get rights and content Under an Elsevier user license open archive Abstract The discovery of fragmentary classical sculpture in the fifteenth and sixteenth […]

Disability in Art History

Disability in Art History On this page First Things First… Background Readings Content Suggestions At the End of Class… 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 […]

Disability Arts movement in UK

Four animations produced by the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive in collaboration with UKDHM.

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

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  ‘Vincent’s eyes are crystal blue, his gaze acute and penetrating. He is neither “sane” nor “insane” but a fellow human being who speaks to […]

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

Richard III Distortion for propaganda, 1452 – 1485

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 […]

Agnes Richter, 1844–1918

Alfred Reginald Thomson, 1894–1979

Alison Lapper, 1961–

Artists First (artist group, Bristol)

August Natterer, 1868–1933

August Walla, 1936–

Auguste Rodin 1840 to 1917, Dyslexic Sculptor

Boris Mikhailovich Kustodiev, 1878–1927

Breughel, 1521–1569

Chuck Close 1940- Dyslexic Artist

Claude Monet, 1840–1926

Douglas Tilden, 1860–1935

Edgar Degas, 1834–1917

Francis Bacon, 1909–1992

Francisco Goya, 1746–1828

Franz Karl Bühler, 1864–1940

Frida Kahlo, 1907–1954

Georgia O’Keeffe, 1887–1986

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1864–1901

Jackson Pollock 1912-1956

James Castle, 1899–1977

Joseph Cartin, 1953–

Keith Salmon, 1959–

Ketra Oberlande

Lisa Fittipaldi, 1948–

Liu Shuai, 1989–

Marc Quinn, 1964–

Maria Iliou

Mary Cassatt, 1844–1926

Maud Lewis, 1903–1970

Maurice Denton Welch, 1915–1948

Michelangelo, 1475–1564

Nancy Willis

Pablo Picasso, Blue Period Art and Depression

Paul Cézanne, 1839–1906

Paula Rego, 1935–

Peter Longstaff, 1961–

Petrona Viera, 1895–1960

Rachael Gadsden

Rembrandt van Rijn, 1606–1669

Riva Lehrer, 1958–

Rosaleen Moriarty-Simmonds 1960-

Sanchita Islam, 1973–

Sigrid Hjerten, 1885–

St Pauls’s Byatt Road, Stoke on Trent – Art Competition Winners

Stephen Wiltshire, 1974–

Tanya Raabe-Webber

Tony Heaton, 1954–

Vincent Van Gogh, 1853–1890

Walter Bryan Pearce,1929–2007

William Blake, 1757–1827

William Utermohlen, 1933–2007

Yinka Shonibare, 1962–

Yvonne Mabs Francis, 1945–

Zuly Sanguino