Visibly Abled, Invisibly Disabled
This exhibition and takeover project aims to raise awareness about the ways that art can promote wellbeing. Young people dealing with health conditions that are not always visible, share their stories in order to inspire and educate others about how to better tackle the challenges and barriers that they might also face.
Mall Galleries have partnered up with Fixers, artist Claire Anscomb and Ehlers-Danlos Support UK. Claire has exhibited at the Galleries with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and The Columbia Threadneedle Prize. She has been diagnosed with the genetic disorder Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). The condition affects the connective tissue in the body and can debilitate sufferers and in some cases affect the sufferer’s length of life. Claire has created portraits of several young people who are living full, active lives in spite of the condition. All works are created in pencil.
Fixers provides a platform for young people (16-25) to campaign about social issues which are important to them, including everything from mental and physical health, through prejudice, abuse, sexuality and substance misuse. Work by several other young Fixers, also dealing with invisible illness, is exhibited alongside Claire’s series of portraits.
The Visibly Abled, Invisibly Disabled exhibition aims to give a voice to diverse young people by inviting them to hold their own exhibition in order to raise awareness about the various conditions, barriers and challenges that they face through using a wide range of art forms including painting, film, performance, spoken word and text.