After I Died
In 2017, Katie was given a book by a well-meaning relative, in response to their diagnosis with a serious chronic illness. Gated behind a strict regimen of extreme lifestyle changes and a prescription of positive thinking, the book contained a promise of recovery.
In the present, they pull the book apart, breaking down its harmful rhetoric, and reshaping it into a personal narrative of self growth and disability pride.
After I Died is a multimedia exhibition that interrogates the emotional impact that the fruitless pursuit of recovery can have on the newly disabled, and illustrates an alternative path, where radical acceptance provides the foundation for a rich and fulfilling life.
Open Monday – Friday from Monday 25 April to Thursday 30 June 2022.
Entry to After I Died is free and no booking is required, but as the team is sometimes out delivering projects, please call in advance to make sure the centre is open on: 01629 734848.
Although wearing a mask isn’t mandatory, we would prefer you to wear a mask in the public areas of the building unless you are exempt.
Entry is free, but as a charity we welcome a suggested donation of £1 per person. You can donate in cash or by contactless donation when you visit, or by using the PayPal button below.
Meet the creative team
Artist: Katie (Tom) Walters
Katie (Tom) is a young radical performance maker based in Coventry. A Co-Founder of disabilityarts organisation Radical Body, and an independent writer and performance poet. Katie creates interdisciplinary art that focuses on themes of disability, environment, and metamorphosis. They began their career in the arts as a Slam Poet, winning the SLAMbassadors National Youth Slam in 2014, and competing in the prestigious Roundhouse Poetry Slam in 2017. They have performed their poetry at numerous events and worked closely with the National Autistic Society on a number of performances and awareness campaigns.