Exhibition: No Boundaries – encouraging people with disabilities to travel

A new pop-up exhibition launched this week which aims to encourage people with disabilities to travel.

No Boundaries, which is now on at Kings Cross railway station until 21 August before going on tour, coincides with the launch of the Digital Disabled Persons Railcard as well as the piloting of a universal ramp that will make it safer and easier for disabled passengers to board.

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The exhibition showcases the work of 20 artists, who have a range of disabilities and artistic experience, which was created in response the experiences gained by visiting destinations of their choice using the Railcard which offers a third off rail travel throughout Britain.

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Lead artist, Sophie Morgan, a TV presenter best known for presenting the Paralympics 2018 and Best Laid Plans, created a painting for the exhibition after a trip to Brighton. Similarly, Robyn Herbert, a 15-year-old illustrator, and the youngest artist taking part, created a piece of artwork entitled ‘Lost at Sea’.

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Established London-based artist Liz Atkin, who created her artwork during a trip to Wool, is taking part in a bid to raise awareness of mental health. Liz has been creating and handing out her sketches on trains to passengers for many years as a way of managing a skin picking disease called Dermatillomania. To help divert her anxiety when she travels, Liz creates artwork on discarded newspapers which she hands out to curious passengers. To date she has given away more than 16,000 drawings from London, New York, Singapore and San Francisco.

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The project sees National Rail team up with Guide Dogs, Scope, National Autistic Society, Royal Association for Deaf people, Stroke Association and Whizz Kidz to host the exhibition.

Jyoti Bird, National Rail’s marketing director, said: “One of the railway’s key commitments is to help more people take advantage of all of the opportunities that travelling by train opens up. We have teamed up with some great charities to generate awareness of the support that is available for disabled people and their friends and families. Through this exhibition we’re aiming to inspire people to travel, talk and support each other without boundaries.”

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After being exhibited at London Kings Cross No Boundaries is set to travel to Birmingham, Cardiff, Gatwick and Edinburgh as follows:

  • Birmingham: 24 August – 15 September
  • Cardiff: 17 September – 6 October
  • Gatwick: 8 – 28 October
  • Edinburgh: TBC

For more information about the exhibition, please click HERE

You can check out the Outside In galleries of two artists – Liz Atkin and Mark Lloyd – by clicking their names.

Pictures by Simon Jacobs

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