An exhibition of painted murals created with disabled people living in London, Norwich, Bristol, Manchester and Somerset is being taken direct to the Houses of Parliament from 11th-15th February.
The exhibition entitled ‘Welcome to our world – a world including disabled people’, uses art to convey messages direct from disabled people. As Caroline, a wheelchair user from Norwich explains, ‘The murals open people’s eyes to the fact that everyone’s an individual and that services have to fit us…a picture speaks 1000 words’.
Rebecca Yeo the project coordinator explains, ‘The pictures show some harsh truths about the diversity of disabled peoples lives in Britain. The ideas, promoted in some branches of the media, of disabled people being work-shy scroungers could not be further from the truth’.
People with learning difficulties in Somerset describe how much they would like to work, but that it is impossible without transport to get them there. Yet whilst disabled people are officially encouraged into work, public transport is being cut even further.
Disability Murals works with disabled people, living in a wide range of different circumstances to create public art made up of the messages and drawings of those involved. The murals are permanently installed in public spaces around the UK.
Openstorytellers are proud to be part of this project and have helped produce the murals that are on display in Victoria Park, Frome. We are thrilled that one of our storytellers Robin is able to go to the Houses of Parliament and support this exhibition. It will give him the opportunity to talk about the murals and express the messages behind them.
For more information on the work please visit the Disability Murals website