CEDA Arts Online Networking

A series of online cultural networking sessions with a focus on disability & access providing an opportunity to learn new skills & share knowledge

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Grab a coffee and join us as we bring together artists, creatives and cultural professionals in the South West for our online networking events. The sessions focus on working with disabled artists, participants and audiences, providing opportunities to share expertise and to learn from others through their knowledge and experience.


These special online events are an extension to our normal 'in person' networking events, and are designed to be informative, social and thought provoking.


These networking events are delivered in partnership with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery. They are part of CEDA’s Outlook Project funded by Arts Council England and made possible by the National lottery.


Friday 31 July – 2.45 for a 3pm start

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Painter Angela Charles (Blackwell) will share the challenging process of opening up to a critical peer network about sight loss as a visual artist.

Painter Angela Charles (Blackwell) will talk about ‘coming out’ as a blind painter. She will share the challenging process of opening up about sight loss as a visual artist and curator. She will also talk about her changing experience of accessibility at venues with increasing sight loss.

“Since graduating from Goldsmiths in 1989, I combined a successful curatorial career, dominated by thirteen years as part time curator of the Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) in East Devon, with that of a visual artist. From regular exhibitions in St Ives, where my work was exhibited alongside Victor Pasmore and Roger Hilton, to commissions for a show in Milan and a sell-out show at London Art Fair, I’ve achieved commercial success with my paintings, drawn from memories of place. And yet, unbeknownst to purchasers of my work and the galleries that represented me, for the last ten years I’ve been losing my sight.

“After what had been a relatively slow progression, due to a genetic eye condition Retinitis Pigmentosa, my sight loss sped up and I was registered Blind three years ago. Attempting to delegate, and at times bluff my way through curating at THG, the frustration of not being able to do what I once did led to me leaving. However, with my painting, stopping was never an option. So much so, that I’ve felt like I’ve held this ‘guilty secret’ whilst still painting and exhibiting and denying the existence of my blindness and my guide dog to buyers and galleries. Once I started to deny it, the deceit consumed me and I couldn’t speak to anyone about it, so I just carried on painting, denying anything had changed. It is only now, after much personal turmoil, I have decided to ‘come out’ as a blind painter.

“‘Coming Out’ has been liberating. I successfully applied for an Arts Council Project Grant, which I’m thrilled about. This grant along with funding from South Somerset District Council enables me to embrace my sight loss and develop a new body of work, exploring different ways of working, different materials, scale and the utility of inclusive technology. It has opened up a whole new world of possibilities. I’ll work with OSR Projects in South Somerset to develop a new exhibition of the resulting work, and collaborate with documentary filmmaker Liberty Smith to produce a short film about this crucial transition period – as an artist coming to terms with sight loss.”

This event will be BSL interpreted by Clare Seal.


Wednesday 26 Aug- 10.45 for an 11am start

Helen Hartstein, Head of Audience Development at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery will talk about the opportunities for RAMM and other cultural institutions post COVID 19, and invite participants to contribute to the discussion around the re-opening of venues and what they can offer.


Friday 25 Sept – 2.45 for 3pm start

CEDA’s lockdown drama project with Exeter Northcott Theatre – the directors and participants will talk about the experience of creating a new online drama for disabled actors during lockdown.


Wednesday 28 Oct– 10.45 for 11am start




Past Events

Wednesday 24 June – 10.45 for 11am start

Visual artist Amanda Lynch will talk about her new project to create collages in response to the disembodied sounds she hears from her lockdown garden.

This event will be BSL interpreted by Clare Seal. Further info and booking