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Annabel Mednick, Beneath the Skin

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University of Suffolk, Lecture Theatre 1

Waterfont Building

Neptune Quay

Ipswich

IP4 1QJ

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This exhibition is a collaboration between artist Annabel Mednick and Leo Collins, it is an exploration in paint of the life and capability of an intelligent, articulate young man in which his disability is acknowledged.

The project began in 2015 when, Leo who is transgender and has cerebral palsy approached Annabel as he was interested in working with an artist. He wanted to show that disability and constant movement is not a barrier to exploring life.

Annabel is a professional artist who works mainly in oil on canvas. She has exhibited internationally and has won awards for her work which , including at the BP National Portrait Gallery portrait awards. She often works thematically over periods of time to create bodies of work to be presented in their entirety.

The idea of painting and drawing someone who constantly moves and had altered thier external appearance to fit more with what they felt like on the inside, appealed to the artist. This two year project has resulted in a body of work that incorporates paintings and drawings alongside film, sound and poetry. The exhibition invites the viewer to look at the person rather than the disability but without pretending that the disability is not there.

This exhibition will be supported by a series of events that promotes discussion around the themes of capability and identity. Further details will follow.

The evening will be begin at 6.00pm in lecture threatre 1 with a panel discussion featuring:

• Annabel Mednick
• Leo Collins
• Dr Allison Boggis, UoS)
• Hugh Whittall, Nuffield Council on Bioethics
• Guest panelist (tbc)

Followed by the viewing of the exhibition in the Waterfront gallery from 7.00pm - 8.30pm


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