About Proud & Loud Arts

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Established in 2000, Proud & Loud Arts creates accessible performance which explores social understanding and the use of disability labels. We encourage our artists to explore, articulate and express themselves freely and without censorship. Our approach to creating new work is light even when our subjects are dark.

Cells - A Body Of Work

Cells – A Body Of Work is a collection of live art installations created in response to the Manchester Evening News report, in October 2015, describing a 140% rise in reported hate crime incidents against people with disabilities.

Each artist responds to the labels they are confronted with in their lives, some shared and others unique. Every interaction offers a challenging perspective on stigma as some labels are given special treatment and a glass of champagne, and others are put in a safe place where no one can find them.

A larger group performance piece entitled Affirmations was created to company this body of work, and encourages audiences to move around the room and observe the performance as it changes and perspective shifts.

This collection of work has been made possible with funding from Arts Council England, Salford Clinical Commissioning Group and Salford CVS with the support of Antz Junction and Manchester Art Gallery.

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Part of Cells - A Body of Work, this Live Art installation is a group response to the impact of social stigma and personal identity.

Made by Proud & Loud artists in collaboration with a team of highly experienced local Artists. Affirmations was directed by Tom Hogan with movement director, Susan Swanton and designer, Nerissa Cargill Thompson.

We are delighted to have developed this new work with performing arts students in partnership with The University of Bolton, and Arts Council England.

Affirmations premiered at Manchester Art Gallery, March 2018.

In Development

We’re taking Assessment (from Cells – A Body Of Work) and developing this to create a new and exciting project! Stay tuned for further details.

Be part of this development and get yourself down to the Tate Liverpool 5-11 Nov and Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester 23-25 Nov.

Brand New Website

Coming soon…