Lottery funding helped create a series of performances and videos by artist Sue Austin featuring the world’s first underwater wheelchair, funding essential equipment and a specialist team to make the artwork and put on the public performances.
These included a live arts event at Fleet Lagoon in which Sue travelled in her adapted chair across the mouth of the waterway, two pool performances at Osprey Leisure Centre, Portland, with a poolside and underwater audience, talks with local community groups and schools and filmed performances, which included an immersive 360 degree experience. The videos were shown nationally and online, with the artwork reaching over 10 million people in 2012. Over 300 local volunteers gained new skills and transformed their ideas about disability, while also enhancing community spirit.
- Great to see Camel Dive Club and Hotel being recognised for their excellent access policies. Sue retrained as a... t.co/gKJHA6sNJu
- No! we didn't manage to ground handle - wind & rain came in despite blue skies earlier! ... But we did devise an... t.co/xo71WHR2Pa
- Talking to Dan about his first go with the ground handling buggy. My heart was in my mouth as I saw all three... t.co/V1GJFVUWct
- Update: Just waiting to see if the wind will drop enough to be able to do some ground handling training with Dan... t.co/nwpHYeVzNc
- Thanks to A Mighty Girl for posting the piece by Discovery's 'Outrageous Acts of Science' on the science behind... t.co/XvKsWdq23J