my first portrait sitting happened at Tate Modern despite the freezing weather! Simone Aspis a disability rights campaigner was my subject and she made a great subject. Simone brought along what she calls her ‘scrapbook’. this is her catalogue of all the press clippings that she has had published about a particular campaign. Simone is very passionate about fighting for the rights for disabled people to live and to have an inclusive education. Simone was labeled ‘someone with a learning difficulty’ by the education system and as a result of this she was brought up in ‘special education’. Simone Now defines herself as a ‘Disabled Person’.
the sittings are open to the public to join us, to engage in a disability cultural debate, to talk to myself, the artist about these portraits, and to feel free to express yourself as an artist by drawing the sitter, the artist or each other. we had 10 people join us on Tuesday, and we’d like to see more. so Tate Modern have Moved my Sitttings to Studio C on the first floor among the main galleries. see you all their next time.