Goodwill Messages

 ‘This is so completely brilliant. An archive which celebrates the journey we have made as artists over the years. We are part of a fantastically diverse arts movement and it is crucial that this is remembered and recorded for us and the generations of artists that will follow us. Graeae's office is surrounded by posters of the last 23 years worth of productions. We now must make the time to revisit our own archives and make them present through this new wholly embracing archive. All the luck in the world for this new venture and please know you have our support. ‘
Jenny Sealey
Artistic Director, Graeae Theatre



‘I wish you the best of luck with this - the importance of archiving in a world where history is written by the few for the many cannot be over-estimated.’

Wendy Harpe

Senior Diversity Manager, BBC Television
Former Disability Officer, Arts Council of Great Britain




‘A fascinating and valuable project’

Tim Webb

Artistic Director Oily Cart


'Congratulations for reclaiming Edward Lear for the disability community, and for this excellent initiative.  As well as remembering the past, I hope it will be a project committed to going forward.  There's always a need for open debate and self-criticism, based on respect and friendliness.  A web-based resource has the potential to be truly international, learning from the best of disability arts in every country.  Best of luck for your endeavours.'
Tom Shakespeare, writer and performer

'Shape has been involved in disability and deaf arts for over quarter of a
century. It's great that finally the work of artists is being recognised and
preserved for the future. The very best of luck.'
Steve Mannix, Chief Executive SHAPE

‘I think the idea of a Disability Arts archive is very much welcomed and long overdue.’
Colin Barnes
Director, Centre for Disability Studies, University of Leeds

‘I think the Edward Lear Foundation is an important idea. At this point in time it is crucial that work is archived, both electronically on the internet and as a physical collection. As creator of the original DAIL magazine webpages I began a process of archiving some of the old material from the magazine and had hoped to build it up into a collection of articles, photographs, visual arts images, poetry, prose etc. etc. The key problem was finding the funding for it and unfortunately the project was dropped.’
Colin Hambrook, Former editor, Disability Arts in London

'Congratulations! Keep the website plain and simple, don't be seduced by slick graphics over content... I am absolutely convinced that we have a duty to ensure that an archive for documentation, study and exhibition of work by Disabled artists should be a major priority. We need to motivate, particularly we older disability arts practitioners into recognising the importance of disability arts and culture, particularly in a historical context and work towards this aim.

'Holton Lee has the capacity to house this national resource, I hope the disability movement support our initiative to make this dream a reality.'

Tony Heaton
Director, Holton Lee

‘At last! A website for disabled people run by someone with a real knowledge and understanding of disability issues. A far cry from the usual diet of misconceptions offered to us by the great and the good. Best of luck’
Kit Wells
Former editor, Disability Arts In London, Disabled programme maker.


‘There is a great need for a new way of thinking within disability arts, the politic of the past 20 years is becoming less important especially for young disabled people. The expectation of what opportunities are available is much stronger and needs to be encouraged, I feel we are on the verge of some very dynamic youth lead changes in disability arts and I want to encourage this and believe your site has the potential to do the same. There are many changes that have taken place in recent years, legislation, technology, attitude from within the arts and in wider society that need to be reflected in the art works of today, I want to know how these and other issues have influenced disabled artistic thinking.

‘Art must grow and change to reflect changes in society and thinking and points of reference like the archive, back issues of Dail magazine and any other research materials should expand these horizons. I look forward to when you have finished the collection of disability arts achievements and this work is then used by a new generation of disabled artists. ‘

Brian Vickers
Access Officer, Artsline


‘A database housing an archive of disability arts is a vital resource for researchers, students, artists and any other interested bodies. From my own personal experience as a post graduate disabled woman artist, it is very difficult to research other contemporary disabled artists, in particular universities hold little material exploiting and exposing disability art. This would be a key resource, allowing artists to research other disabled artists and to bring the concerns of individual practices in tune with current concepts.'

Katherine Araniello



‘It is crucial that the history of Disability Arts is preserved, and that ongoing developments can source information and materials which are rooted in that history. If we do not act upon this soon, by archiving the wealth of material which exists, this valuable part of the history of our culture may be lost" Moya Harris
Director, Equata

‘great ...just looked at the website and it’s a dam fine idea long over due. we must record our work as there has so far been some fantastic powerful done that has been politically motivated....illustrating the development of disabled peoples culture...My own work being part of this...although our work has not been valued and respected by the mainstream in the past now I believe that if our work is recorded in this way for all to access in our work will have a place in art history as it deserves. thank you.

I have been working with an idea for some new images that would be portraits of famous and infamous disabled artists so we can put names to faces of disabled artists....creating our own fame academy...was going to interview people and take reference photos and make portraits.....something like u are doing may be we could work together somehow on this...

Tanya Raabe Visual Artist


I was thrilled to bits to hear about the Edward Lear Foundation. We - disabled people - really need this. I'm looking forward to contributing!

Maggie Hampton
Director, Arts Disability Wales