Collaborative work has fostered my own artistic development, and as such is an invaluable part of my practice.
It began with Inside-Out Architecture, a three-year initiative commissioned by Arts Council England that aimed to explore space, access and the built environment from a disability perspective. Ultimately it involved artists such as myself, Rachel Gadsden, Mark Ware, Caroline Cardus, and Zoe Partington working together, sometimes with architects and planning officers, on concepts of inclusive architectural design.
This included an one-day workshop at InQbate where I developed a temporary audiovisual installation with Jon Adams called Listen, inspired by our experiences as deaf and disabled people of going to a noisy restaurant; a Salon presentation exploring deaf access to Architecture Week South-East 2007 commissioned by the Solent Centre of Art, Architecture and Design; and a collaboration, also in 2007, with Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq and two architects at The Lightbox in Woking on a life-size model of an accessible shop-‘pod’.
In 2013, I took part in Short Circuit at Lighthouse, Brighton, which aimed to foster deaf and disability arts in the realm of digital media funded by Arts Council England. I wrote a guest post for their blog, before creating a prototype for an animated short appearing as a weekly or fortnightly comic-strip – drawing upon three years’ worth of material from my parenting blog, The Mostyn-Thomas Journal – in collaboration with Dave Packer of Sheepfilms.