Disability Arts was radical because it celebrated new identities and demanded rights for disabled people – a sharp contrast to the portrayal of ‘tragically’ disabled figures of the past.

Here, you can enjoy an overview of some of the central themes of the Disability Arts Movement by viewing the short animations we have made with Disability History Month. Scroll down further to download biographies of individual disabled artists, which include further reading and Disability Arts Movement highlights.

Social Model of Disability

Portraiture and Representation

National Disability Arts Collection and Archive

Arts and Activism

Read profiles of disabled artists involved in the Disability Arts Movement:

Tony Heaton

Tanya Raabe-Webber

Paddy Masefield

Nancy Willis

Julie McNamara

Baroness Campbell

Ian Stanton

David Hevey

Dave Lupton

Allan Sutherland

Alan Holdsworth