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.
- Thanks to A Mighty Girl for posting the piece by Discovery's 'Outrageous Acts of Science' on the science behind... t.co/XvKsWdq23J
- Here we are working towards flying a wheelchair! t.co/VY6ks3spcb
- @TEDxExeter @Freewheeling4 I'd love to join you in 2017 if everything is in place by then. It dives too! t.co/Ua6jtuqohB
- @TEDxExeter thanks 4 being part of the artwork & spreading the ideas out to the world. Flying wheelchair next! tiny t.co/k9d1w9fXRk
- Last week at #TEDxExeter we showed the breathtaking film by @SueAustinArtist & @Freewheeling4 t.co/Yff9Qix3cs #Exeter #Disability