The NDACA (National Disability Arts Collection and Archive) – a collection of art work showcasing the heritage story of a group of disabled people and their allies who broke down barriers of disability , is on exhibition Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool until 7 September.
Including artworks, documentary materials and ephemera, the exhibition will have a particular focus on artists based in the North, and will examine the impact of their work at both a local and national level.
NDACA at the Grundy is presented as part of Access Fylde Coast, a project led by Disability First, Blackpool, and funded by the Coastal Communities Fund, which aims to boost tourism across the Fylde Coast while breaking down the barriers to disability.
Tony Heaton is an acclaimed, award-winning disabled artist and activist, who was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services in 2013 for services to the disability arts movement – his work Rasberry Ripple is part of the collection.
Tony championed the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive and was fundamental to securing £1-million from Heritage Lottery Fund to develop the collection.
“Rasberry Ripple is rhyming slang for cripple and I have left the P out for displacement,” says Tony, whose work often reflects upon a disabling world, to offer a powerful critique of the barriers disabled people encounter.
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