It is with great regret that owing to the developing situation regarding Coronavirus and acknowledging the potential health risks to all involved, Shape and Disability Arts Online have had to postpone this event until further notice.

We are looking into alternative dates and formats and apologise to anyone who had plans to attend, as well as all who have worked hard to ensure this event was going to be brilliant.

We will continue to share the content we had planned in the lead up to Mar 21, including interviews and takeovers. And we will endeavour to bring this event to life after these challenging times have passed.

Appearing for one day only, artists from the inaugural Emergence pilot project will be running live art events and talks that explore themes of power and narrative.

Join them in a variety of creative workshops featuring zine making, origami, mono printing and drawing in the expanded field. Pick up a free booklet featuring writing by the artists and ways to get involved with the programme via social media. Or attend our book launch celebrating the power of communities to support each other and nurture creative talent

Run in partnership with Disability Arts Online, this day-long programme of events is free, accessible and for all ages.

12 - 1pm Artist Talks

Artists from the Emergence Bursary Programme (Letty McHugh, Fae Kilburn and Lauren Saunders) will be speaking about the work they have made over the past 12 months and reflecting on how the opportunity has changed their practice

1 – 6pm Participatory Art Making 

Letty McHugh

Artist Letty McHugh will be launching the participatory phase of her Emergence-funded Seaworthy Vessel Project, which uses seaworthiness as a metaphor for emotional resilience. Participants will have the opportunity to make an origami boat to add to the growing collaborative installation; participants can write their own thoughts on seaworthiness and journeys on the paper to be folded and displayed.

Letty is an artist and writer, living and working in West Yorkshire. 

Fae Kilburn

Join artist Fae Kilburn to create expressive monotypes on geometric pieces of paper, then display them on the wall with Fae’s work to create one large interlocking piece.

How large can we make this collaborative print? 

Fae is a printmaker and arts facilitator based in Birmingham. She draws inspiration from history, disability, identity and the natural environment.

Lauren Saunders

Lauren Saunders invites visitors to experiment with mark-making through the use of wall-based collage and sensory drawing exercises as part of her ongoing work exploring environmental philosophy and drawing in the expanded field. 

Lauren is an artist and activist living in Hull, and founder of accessible arts journal The Critical Fish. 

Naomi Ronke

Naomi Ronke, an illustration graduate from Leeds College of Art, will be working with interactive linocut prints that participants can reorder to change the narrative of the print series. There will also be a zine that collects and illustrates the stories of people of colour and their experiences of using the NHS. 

Naomi Ronke is a printmaker, character creator, book cover illustrator and narrative artist based in Yorkshire. They work primarily in the realms of horror, history and humour. 

Sam Metz

Sam Metz will invite participants to experiment with different forms of mark making, encouraging people to use repetitive mark making and gestures as a way of dissipating stress. Sam is interested particularly in alternative communication that is non-verbal and body-based, and as a neurodivergent artist with sensory processing differences, the objects Sam works with permit them to work in non-verbal ways.

Sam studied Architecture and Critical Theory (philosophy) at the University of Nottingham and previously trained in physical theatre. Based in Hull, Sam’s work researches, creates and reflects on the concept of what they refer to as ‘choreographic objects’. 

Anita Roye

Anita Roye is interested in encouraging experimentation and play, and will run a workshop which involves layering paint onto rolls of wallpaper. The paint will have a fluorescent quality, which will allow the surface to be lit from behind. This effect will be enhanced by using LED torches, revealing layers of mark making and colour. Anita plans to create a colourful wall installation by securing the rolls of dried paper to the wall and allowing them to roll onto the floor.

Anita is based in Birmingham and currently studying for an MA in Art therapy. She is interested in the inner landscape, peeling away defences to reveal the true self.

4 – 6pm Drinks Reception and Book Launch

Join the Disability Arts Online team for a reception celebrating the launch of Electric Bodies, a book of transcription poetry and drawings inspired by the Disability Arts Movement by Allan Sutherland and Colin Hambrook. Allan will perform extracts from the book which has been created as a result of the D4D Connected Communities Project.

Emergence is a pilot project designed to tackle the isolation and barriers faced by emerging disabled artists, run by the partners with bursary funding through a-n (Artists Information Company).

This event is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and D4D: Disability and Community, an AHRC Connected Communities project.

The Emergence Logo shows a woman painting shapes while stood at a ninety degree angle.

Image (c) Josh Peters.

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.


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

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

Getting There:

By tube:

Southwark (Jubilee Line, 600 metres approx)

Blackfriars underground: District and Circle Line, 800 metres approx (note there is also Blackfriars train station – 500m separate)

St Paul’s: Central Line, 1,100 metres approx.

By bus:

Routes 45, 63 and 100 stop on Blackfriars Bridge Road

Routes RV1 and 381 stop on Southwark Street

Route 344 stops on Southwark Bridge Road

By Train:

Blackfriars train station, South Exit, is 300 metres approx. (note that there is also Blackfriars underground station – 500m separate)

London Bridge 1,100 metres approx.

You can download a Microsoft Doc photo journey from Blackfriars station to Tate Modern here.

By Taxi:

Ask for the Tate Modern (SE1 9TG).  The driver probably wouldn’t know where the Tate Exchange is!

By Car:

There are twelve parking spaces for disabled visitors to Tate Modern, accessed via Park Street. Please book these spaces in advance, through the Tate website, giving at least 24 hours’ notice.

With thanks to Cass Art who provide artist materials for these workshops.

Cass Arts logo

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