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.
- It was a really superb experience presenting at Blackmarket. Feeling empowered by the emancipatory 'body' of... t.co/1qVZc8v3zZ
- @k_runswick_cole @HPSCResearch thank you for supporting and spreading the narrative of the underwater wheelchair out into the world.
- @k_runswick_cole thank you for your eloquent reportage! And for becoming part of the artwork by supporting its journey out into the world!
- .@SueAustinArtist Scuba gear extends my activity just like the wheelchair but why are ideas about them so different? @HPSCResearch
- .@SueAustinArtist developed patent for underwater wheelchair @HPSCResearch