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BOP Artists is a new residency opportunity in partnership with National Theatre of Scotland for disabled artists in Scotland to develop their skills and an idea for a new project that will impact on career and practice in the longer term.
Aminder’s project for development during BOP Artists is ‘Cure(d)’, it will examine the Doctor – Patient relationship and self-interrogation relating to physical disabilities and mental health. ‘Cure(d)’ is an exploration into the effects of medication usage upon one’s identity; a probe into the conflicts and harmonies between human-health, pharmaceuticals, the imposed responsibility entrusted to give or take medication, and to assume all liability for risks and side effects.
Working in partnership with National Theatre of Scotland, Birds of Paradise Theatre Company is supporting three artists to develop their skills, networks and ideas through the following phases:
Introductory phase – June to August 2017
Skills Development phase – September to October 2017
Ideas Development phase – November to December 2017
(written by BOP Artists).
You can find out more here on BOP Artists website.
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I am honoured to announce that I have been selected as one of four artists to recieve the NDACA R&D Award.
NDACA, a project delivered by Shape Arts, and funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, launched the R&D Award this May. After a rigorous selection process, the NDACA Team selected four recipients who will each receive a £1,000 bursary, along with five mentoring sessions. I have been chosen as one of these artists.
The four mentors taking part in the programme are key figures from the Disability Arts Movement. They will provide their respective mentees with guidance and advice to develop their practice, creating a valuable opportunity for established artists to support a new generation of disabled artists by sharing their skills and experiences. I am very honoured and privileged to be mentored by Tony Heaton OBE.
Aminder Virdee, who will be mentored by Tony Heaton OBE.
Aminder is an interdisciplinary artist working across multiple art forms, including performance, sculpture, installations, painting, digital and moving image.
'I use ideas relating to the Self and Identity to deepen people's understanding of the possible notions attached to ‘disability’,’ Aminder told us. ‘I aim to challenge the Medical Model of Disability and reclaim the ‘disabled’ identity that is often marked with demeaning and damaging imagery in popular culture.'
The NDACA R&D provides Aminder the opportunity to test new concepts and push the boundaries of her current practice by developing skills in the production of sculptural work. She is specifically interested in merging installation with digital work, and exploring the use of fragile materials in sculpture.
- Shape Arts NDACA Announcement
Find out more about the announcement, here.
Learn about the NDACA on Shape Arts website.