Our Homes - Zine Launch – a zine of work by ill, disabled, deaf and neurodivergent artists.
Throughout the pandemic, the experiences of ill, disabled, deaf and neurodivergent people have been quite different. Many have had to shield and have experienced great uncertainty. Our homes became a place of digital shows, workshops – with lots of folks attending their first of these for many years. Our homes can be a place of comfort, a place to unmask and be ourselves. It’s also a place that can feel isolating.
Working with Lead Artists Saoirse Felix Addams and Ellie Ora Page over the last twelve months, they have creatively explored the theme of home– its joy and grief and everything in-between.
Alongside our lead artists, creatives from across Greater Manchester have joined us in making the zine, contributing their own experiences.
This relaxed, drop-in event will feature an exhibition of artists’ work, zine-making, zine reading and more.
Online, we’ll also be launching the digital and audio described versions of the zine.
In person: The event will have relaxed lighting and low-level music. The event is a drop in between 5-9pm and people are welcome to spend as much time in the space as they’d like to.
Online: We’ll be launching a digital and audio described versions of the zine at the same time as the in person event. If you’d like to receive more information and the links to the zines please email Rose : Drawnpoorlyzine@gmail.com
We’ll also have interaction stickers available for anyone who would like to wear them.
These will be:
Red – no interaction please
Orange – some interaction on my terms
Green – I would like to be approached during my visit.
This event may contain discussion of isolation, strong language, mental health, displacement, and domestic abuse.
Saoirse Felix Addams
Felix is a multidisciplinary artist based in Greater Manchester. A queer, disabled immigrant, their greatest passions are social justice and animals. These can often be seen either individually or combined, in their art. Their disabilities also greatly influence their work, and since late 2019 their art has been undertaken using their non-dominant hand for medical reasons.
Ellie Ora Page
Ellie is a queer, disabled artist based in Manchester, UK. An experienced youth & mental health worker, she discovered a passion for making art whilst running various arts programmes in mental health settings. She has since run her own art ‘lack-of-movement’, under the moniker Still Ill OK, and has worked freelance in recent years, utilising her broad range of skills as an accessibility consultant, artist, producer, designer & academic. Over the pandemic, she managed the UK Disability Arts Alliance and undertook projects working as a mentor & advocate to young adults. She has experience in theatre and film as an actor, director, producer & dramaturg, has several publications and is a keen writer alongside her visual arts practice. She is a postgraduate researcher of social & alternative approaches to psychosis and has recently begun a North West partnership role aiming to break down the barriers to the visual arts world. She is also, alongside two fellow disabled artists, one-third of the founders of TRIAD³ C.I.C. – an intersectional arts practice focused on principles of remote collaboration & accessibility.