Affiliation with Shape: Hosted previous Zine workshops and one of the three artists participating in Shape's Tate Exchange programme for 2019.

Abi Palmer is a London based interactive artist and writer, exploring the relationship between linguistic and physical communication.

Experiments including poetry, immersive art, and sensory intervention have led to a number of one-to-one performances and installations, including 'Alchemy' (Winner: Best Wildcard, Saboteur Awards 2016), 'Nobel '(Saboteur Awards ‘Dynamite’ Commission, 2017) and 'Aquanautica', an underwater-themed immersive book launch, /‘post-apocalyptic queer dystopia' in collaboration with Sidekick Books.

Abi’s experience of disability (psoriatic arthritis and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) has a direct impact on her work. In 2017, her essay ‘No Body to Write With: Intrusion as a Manifesto for D/deaf and Disabled Writers’ was published in Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches Press, 2017).

Abi is currently writing her debut book Sanatorium (Penned in the Margins, 2020) which moves between contrasting spaces – inflatable bathtub to luxury pool, land to water, day to night – in its exploration of the female disabled body.

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Banner image: Abi Palmer in 'Crip Casino' by Jackie Hagan

Body image: 'Fruit' by Abi Palmer