National Disability Arts Collection & Archive (NDACA) Award

August 2017



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.