The Dog Ate My Wheelchair is a unique multi-screen video installation offering glimpses into the world of a group of north east people who identify as ‘disabled’ or ‘different’ as a result of mental and/or physical health impairments. Disability North worked with artist, Neil Armstrong, to bring together disabled people from the North East to converse about their everyday lives and the places in the region which inspire them.
The project began with participants talking about objects which mean something to them in their everyday life. We later explored ‘place’ as a theme for discussion, and 2 shorts films (with audio) see three of the participants visiting their ‘significant places’ in the North East, including Tynemouth, Jesmond Dene and Gateshead.
Screens were installed in the Nexus Haymarket Bus Station, Intu Eldon Square Shopping Centre, and Newcastle Central Library as part of the Great Exhibition of the North which took place over the summer. The show is now over, and we are looking forward to bringing together new projects that explore disability related issues and which will engage a wide cross section of the public.
Take a look below and let us know what you think!