Further Afield is a programme of scheduled live events, storytelling, tool-sharing for disabled artists and creatives living rurally across Derbyshire and those facing similar challenges across the UK.

Further Afield is produced in collaboration with our Artistic Associate Bella Milroy. This series of three online events explores the experiences of disabled artists who live and practice in rural areas across the country.

The events are free to join and take place on Zoom. Hosted by Bella, each event is designed to prompt discussion and look at ways that collaboratively we can affect change within the arts. We’ve invited a different rurally-based guest speaker along to each event who will share their story and take questions alongside Bella. The event will be captioned and there will be a BSL interpreter on screen, we’ll also be recording the event and sharing the videos here on the LEVEL website.

The pilot series of Further Afield has now come to an end, but we’re hoping to start a new series of events later in the year subject to fundraising.

Creative team:

Bella Milroy: Artistic Associate 

Bella Milroy is an artist and writer who lives in her hometown of Chesterfield, Derbyshire. She works responsively through mediums of sculpture, drawings, photography, writing and text. She is also a portrait artist. Her work explores how we touch and make contact with the world around us, with the hand-held being of particular significance. She makes work about making work (and being disabled) and not being able to make work (and being disabled). She is interested in the duality of every-day existence, and how things can be both beautiful/painful, both interesting/dull. This process-based practice is fundamental to her as a disabled artist, utilising and working with the significant limits and demands of living with a chronic illness, all mixed in with the detritus of domesticity.

Previous Further Afield events:

Thursday 25 November 2021, 5.30pm

Session 1: Scenic Edge with Louisa Adjoa Parker

The first in a three part series exploring the lived experiences of disabled artists and creatives based in rural Derbyshire and further afield.

Thursday 27 January 2022, 5.30pm

Session 2: Remote Access with Abi Palmer

The second in a three part series exploring the lived experiences of disabled artists and creatives based in rural Derbyshire and further afield.

Thursday 31 March 2022, 5.30pm

Session 3: Purpose of Place with Polly Atkin

The final session in a three part series exploring the lived experiences of disabled artists and creatives based in rural Derbyshire and further afield.