My Life in London will chronicle the experiences of learning disabled people as they journey through life in the 21st Century. It will explore the emotional responses of Thompson and Ian to the sights, sounds, colour, hustle and bustle and people of the capital city.
They will spend six months exploring London, and then create individual and collaborative artworks for an exhibition to be launched in central London and then tour the UK.
Thompson Hall has an uncanny eye for detail. He uses observational sketches of the urban landscape and objects in galleries and museums as the basis for dynamic drawings and paintings that depict the world in glorious Technicolor.
Ian Wornast creates bold, colourful drawings reflecting his love of London and the public transport system. Working from a combination of sourced images and memories, he creates intricate patterns that weave together into complex tableaux of the mapped city as he sees it.
Thompson and Ian said of the news:
‘Being awarded this commission has given us a great sense of achievement. It is different to what we have done before in our own practices, and it is a new challenge.’
Unlimited is an arts commissioning programme that aims to embed work by disabled artists within the UK and international cultural sectors, reach new audiences and shift perceptions of disabled people. Unlimited has been delivered by the disability-led arts organisation Shape Arts and arts-producing organization Artsadmin since 2013, and is funded from 2016-20 by Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, British Council and Spirit of 2012.
Images: Artworks by Ian Wornast (left) and Thompson Hall (right)