Kicking off our fourth year at Tate Exchange, artists from the Emergence Bursary Programme (Letty McHughFae Kilburn and Lauren Saunders) will be speaking about the work they have made over the past 12 months and reflecting on how the award has changed their practice. This event is delivered in collaboration with Disability Arts Online.

Letty McHugh is an artist and writer, with an MA in Creative Practice from Leeds College of Art. Influenced by Situationist theory and Object theory, Letty’s work is underpinned by the idea that the primary value of all objects is their ability to evidence human existence and communicate intangible emotions, memories and experiences.

Fae Kilburn is a Birmingham based Printmaker, who has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her recent work consists of a series of mono print portraits exploring family, disability and identity. Whilst creating this work a softer colour pallet and new style emerged. In 2018 Fae was KIRA artist in residence CA, the quiet environment suited her and reinforced her creativity, influencing the style and size of her work.

Lauren Saunders is an award-winning and socially-engaged interdisciplinary visual artist living & working in Hull, UK. Her work responds to philosophical questions by systematically dissecting, capturing, interrogating and translating thoughts and experiences through collage and by drawing in the expanded field. The intellectual, sensual and material sits in relation to the concepts, subjects, media, contexts and surfaces explored within her participatory practice.

See more about all our Shape artists here.

About Disability Arts Online

Disability Arts Online is an arts organisation led by disabled people that occupies a unique global position with its UK-based website, social media network, partnership and consultancy work, artist development programmes, and vibrant community of disabled creatives.


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This event is wheelchair accessible. There will also be BSL interpreters present and a designated quiet space. 

The talk will be subtitled through live speech-to-text transcription, a link for which will be shared before the event.

For further information on Tate Modern and Access, visit their website and navigate to "Accessibility."

Banner image: Josh Peters (c)