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.
- @gillianartist @bbchamish Enjoyable Interview. Flying wheelchair next - that also dives! ... It's built and test flown but can I fly it?
- @gillianartist @MattCainWriter. A wonderful experience and a lovely piece for C4 news. Fly/dive wheelchair next! It's built! Can I fly it?
- Hello @MattCainWriter remember the last Olympics? #Weymouth #CulturalOlympiad t.co/IouiEmEjyW
- hello @bbchamish remember the last olympics? Interviewing @Freewheeling4 with her underwater wheelchair in #Weymouth t.co/yVUjUtFV9N
- Save the date for #ab2017 workshops, speakers #diversity #creativecase #disability t.co/OKD3EUYKEg