Artists Daniel Regan & Antonia Atwood have been announced as the recipients of a new commission to make new work relating to themes of mental wellbeing and safe spaces. The new INSIDE commission is focused on supporting disabled artists, it is a collaboration between QUAD in Derby and D-Lab in partnership with LEVEL, Junction Arts, and supported by funding from DASH.
Regan & Attwood will initially be in residence at QUAD in late August 2016, and later on in the year, producing new work that will also touch upon the theme of ‘Habitat’, and will take the form of still and moving image works, with additional digital works. The work will be included within the QUAD exhibition programme during FORMAT17, in March 2017, on the D-Lab website and at the LEVEL Centre, near Matlock, during 2017.
The two artists were selected as result of an open call to create new works for QUAD and D-Lab in partnership with LEVEL and Junction Arts. INSIDE is a Disability Arts commissioning programme led by DASH with funding from Arts Council England.
INSIDE is a Disability Arts commissioning programme led by DASH with funding from Arts Council England. DASH has been an instigator and initiator of the commissioning of new work by Disabled visual artists within mainstream galleries since 2008, enabling Dis-abled artists to create new work and collaborate with new institutions. In collaboration, we seek to commission work by leading national and international disabled artists, examining the way in which diversity is an intrinsic part of the creative process and enabling these artists and venues to transcend barriers.
DASH is one of the leading disability visual arts organisations in the UK. DASH’s com-missioning programmes started in 2008, to date they have commissioned twelve Disabled visual artists in partnership with galleries and cultural organisations in the UK www.dasharts.org
D-Lab, supported by Arts Council England through the National Lottery, Derbyshire County Council and Arts Derbyshire, aims to bring the best and most exciting new media artists and artworks to an online audience, focussing especially on artists and organisations in Derbyshire and the East Midlands. D-Lab wants artists to take risks and experiment with digital media, and to showcase their work to an online audience. www.d-lab.org.uk
Artist Filmmaker Antonia Attwood graduated in 2014. Her practice in still and moving image explores the phenomenology of mental health, translating verbal descriptions and stories from people who have lived experience of mental illness. Antonia's work aims to illustrate and visually interpret how mental illness ‘feels’.
A major piece of her acclaimed work is My Mother Tongue produced with her mother who has bipolar disorder. The premise and motivation, wanting to further understand the condition and her mother’s experiences. Antonia has shown her work at Photofusion, The Institute of Psychiatry, Hotel Elephant, Free Space Gallery, The Dragon Cafe, Broadway Cinema Nottingham and London College of Communication. She also recently exhibited at The Depot Clapton, for Photomonth 2015 and Brighton Photo Fringe. Antonia has had commissions from the Institute of Inner Vision to create short films that explore the theme of mental health.
Daniel Regan is an artist captivated by the human condition. His practice focuses on themes of emotions, well-being and the processing of life’s experiences. The thread of intimacy and the desire to connect with others and his own internal experiences weaves its way throughout his practice.
Daniel studied photography at both BA and MA level at Brighton University and the Lon-don College of Communication, respectively. During these periods Regan examined both his own role as a mental health service user as well as the benefits of the arts for those affected by emotional difficulties. Daniel often works with charities to create powerful imagery that represents their beneficiaries, working closely with those affected by alopecia and burns survivors. Daniel regularly exhibits work in fine art and clinical settings, both nationally and internationally, alongside devising and running community arts projects focusing on using photography as a tool for emotional expression.