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.
- @SueAustinArtist and our fabulous workshop participants explore the possibilities of #360 at #AB2017 t.co/ATi10LdY8S
- #ab2017 Pictures from Immersed in 360 with @Freewheeling4 @SueAustinArtist t.co/KTOuGsjIIG t.co/YGziuBJlE5
- 360highres_test_Marsa_Bareika #Ab2017 t.co/7ATp0Kzjdw
- A big thanks to Vicky and Austin of BVS for getting the flat wheel changed on my adapted van tonight. Thanks for... t.co/v0ucwtHKWe
- Beautiful images of @SueAustinArtist & her underwater wheelchair. Now talking about flying wheelchair she is traini… t.co/Gmg8t9lZpI