Gini – Chairperson & Creative Direction
“I call myself a visual artist and wordsmith. I trained as a printmaker, specialising in etching and stone lithography, but migrated from two dimensional expression via life-size soft sculpture figures, to a preoccupation with capturing and performing words – words which I seek to interpret in drawings and three dimensional forms – words which also find expression blogged on DAO.
LinkUpArts has been an important part of my life since its beginning. It is through the process of evolving the organisation that I am learning to trust my disabled gaze and work with the more personal issues that are most relevant to me as a wheelborne artist.”
Trish Wheatley – Treasurer
Trish Wheatley is Director of Dao (www.disabilityartsonline.org.uk). Working in the arts sector since 2005, she has developed a passion and specialism in working with and supporting disabled artists having started her career at Holton Lee curating and managing the Disability Arts programme. In 2009 she moved into freelance work and has a significant portfolio which includes: Shape in London, LinkUpArts, Roaring Girl Productions, project development for many individual disabled artists and the creation of Freewheeling. Her other part-time work is currently as co-producer for Freewheeling which supports the creation and dissemination of artwork by Sue Austin.
Hayley Davies – Secretary
“My journey working within the arts sector began at Holton Lee in 2006. The job involved archiving over 30 years of Disability Arts material some of which will hopefully become part of the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA) where I am now Company Secretary. It was here I developed a passion for the arts in particular Disability Arts, the history of the movement and preserving it. Since then as well as being involved with LUA, I have worked and volunteered with several different organisations including Disability Arts Online, Shape and The National Archives.”
Sue Austin – Committee Member
Sue Austin is a multimedia, performance and installation artist with a socially engaged practice. As Artistic Director of Freewheeling she “recognises the power of starting at the ‘personal’ and finding archetypal, numinous images that ‘communicate’ through connecting with the universality of human experience.” She aims to find dramatic and powerful ways to reveal the ‘Hidden Secret’ of disability, arguing that this ‘secret’, if explored, valued and then shared, can act to heal the divisions created in the social psyche by cultural dichotomies that define the ‘disabled’ as ‘other’.
‘Creating the Spectacle!’ presents a groundbreaking series of live-art and video works of an underwater wheelchair.
Tam Gilbert – Committee Member
Tam established Bournemouth-based Persuasion Arts in 2012, where she facilitates workshops and collaborates on projects around disability. Through Persuasion Arts, she is Co-Director of Millstream Theatre – a company of learning disabled actors based at Priest’s House Museum, Wimborne. Since graduating with a Second Class Honours English Degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury in 2001, she has immersed herself into the world of educational theatre as a performer, facilitator, writer and arts manager. Tam has Project Managed many of LinkUpArts’ events as Admin and Fundraising Assistant. Tam was a long-standing performer with Double-Act Disability Theatre and has also worked with and received training from Dorset’s State of Play Arts, London’s Diverse City, and Graeae – the UK’s leading disabled theatre company. Tam was an Emerging Artist on Breathe (Diverse City) – a project which was part of the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Sailing event, performed on Weymouth Beach in 2012.