Together! 2022 Disability History Month Festival

The Festival has now ended, but you can still view our exhibitions and event recordings from this page. Together! 2022 Disability History Month Festival, 22 November - 8 December, Inclusive Dance, Drama, Exhibitions, Family Activities, Films, Music, Poetry & conversations, all free & from the comfort of your own home, with captions and British Sign Language interpretation. Including the international Together! 2022 Disability Film Festival 2-4 December 2022.PERFORMANCES

If you missed the premiere of Act Up! Newham’s A Beautiful Life, followed by a discussion with company members, you can watch it here. You can also watch A Beautiful Life, about welcoming refugees and opposing plans to send them to Rwanda, on YouTube here.

End of Festival Cabaret. Live music with Penny Pepper, Jo-anne Cox and Sam Draisey. Compered by Robin Surgeoner aka Angry Fish from the West Midlands.


The Sugar Globe at East Ham Library

The Sugar Globe Community artist and former professional caterer Margaret Spence has created a giant snow globe with the Together! 2012 Art Club, where the world is reimagined as inclusive, accessible and Covid-free, and made of sugar. The Sugar Globe is currently on exhibition at East Ham Library. The Sugar Globe is part of the Inspire programme of The World Reimagined art education project about the Transatlantic Slave TradeOn Thursday 1 December we held a one-day event, Reimagining Our World, about the impact of the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans, sugar art, and the Echoes today. An edited recording of this event will be available soon.

Untamed Threads Nuala Abramson, Tzipporah Johnston and Kate Rolison present their embroidered art, rich and wild with animal symbolism. The very act of embroidering is spider-like, turning threads into webs and narratives. The artists have each, in Nuala Abramson’s words, “found a home” in this often over-looked fine art form. The exhibition includes a recording of the artists presenting their work on Thursday 24 November and discussing a range of issues.

Colourful line drawing of flowers

Jayne Waters: Flower Jungle

Together! Open Exhibition The annual Together! Open Exhibition brings together work by amateur, community, student, semi-professional and professional Disabled artists from the main Paralympic Host Borough of Newham. Anyone with a Newham connection – for example, living, studying, working or volunteering in Newham now or in the past – and who identifies as a Deaf or Disabled person* is able to submit one family-friendly work for guaranteed inclusion. The exhibition covers a wide range of subjects, abstracts and media. *Including people with learning difficulties, long-term mental health difficulties, physical or sensory impairments and long-term health conditions, from all ages and cultural groups. You can watch the recording of our opening event on 22 November, where we celebrated the exhibition, here.

tracy vidal. black chick magic. stamp print and copy art on paper. A4. 2022.

Kindness Matters Tracy Vidal is a Newham-based visual artist. In this new exhibition, Tracy Vidal combines her love of painting with graphics and line drawings to focus on the importance of kindness. Together! 2012 has been promoting the importance of being kind to ourselves as well as to others since Covid began. You can watch the recording of our opening event on 22 November, where we celebrated the exhibition, here.

Watch the Opening Party on 22 November, with celebrations of the Together! 2022 Open Exhibition and Tracy Vidal’s Kindness Matters Exhibition.

View the programmes for the Together! 2022 Disability Film Festival and find out the 2022 Kat Award winners.  The annual Together! Disability Film Festival showcases films by Disabled filmmakers and films that are about disability or have a central Disabled character.

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