To paint with your mouth or draw with your feet may not sound the easiest thing to do. But a tour of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists launched today, and showcases the work of artists who have found a way to express their creativity despite a disability.
Alison Lapper, MBE, is one such critically acclaimed artist and kicked off the tour this morning at the Wallace Collection in London. She was met by Young Curators, the Wallace Collection's team of school-age art enthusiasts.
Demonstrating her work, Alison answered questions from the children and spoke of her surprise at having a sculpture she modelled for when eight months pregnant occupy Trafalgar Square's 4th plinth. She also spoke of the importance of getting the message across that art is inclusive of everybody. "We want to showcase that you can paint, draw. It doesn't matter if you have a disability, it doesn't matter what you do, where you come from, how you are, who you are. Art is inclusive."
The tour coincides with the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists' annual Christmas card launch. Profits from the sale of the cards helps support the artists to lead finically independent lives. The tour will travel from London to Birmingham, Cardiff and Bristol.