Film Oxford presents the latest work by The Shadowlight Artists, a group of six artists with learning disabilities based in Oxfordshire. A group show across two venues, Arts at the Old Fire Station and Modern Art Oxford, this exhibition showcases work spanning installation, painting, digital media and theatrical production. The exhibition celebrates the group’s creative growth since their formation in 2009 with an artistically ambitious body of work that re-frames disability arts.
The exhibition features a series of dynamic new works by the core group, alongside two new films produced by the wider Shadowlight Associates group.
Mark Hemsworth’s prints represent a move into large-scale works, reflecting his obsession with collecting images; while a new installation by Richard Hunt expands his painting practice into the realms of multimedia installation. A new animation by Tom Breach merges autobiographical experience with fantasy; and Lucy Skuce’s video installation blends her obsession with construction and the domestic environment. Danny Smith’s new film expands his interest into ancestral memory and the cultures of prehistory.
As part of the latest work by the group, Shadowlight artist Russell Highsmith’s play Singles Night will be on at Arts at the Old Fire Station on 19 and 20 September. Book your tickets here.
The Shadowlight Artists are a group of six artists with learning disabilities based in Oxfordshire, working in a variety of media but with a shared interest in digital forms. Their work is personal, moving, and at times challenging.
The group formed in 2009 as a result of Film Oxford’s Flash Frame project. The aim of the project was to identify individuals with learning disabilities who showed artistic potential and ambition to take their work to a broader audience. Since then, the group have gone on to produce work that has reached audiences within the UK and beyond, spanning media, from painting and sculptural installation, to film and theatrical production.
The Shadowlight Artists are Tom Breach, Mark Hemsworth, Russell Highsmith, Richard Hunt, Lucy Skuce and Danny Smith.