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A Call to Care: Sheryll Catto & Thompson Hall

POSTED: 22 July 2020

Watch our interview with ActionSpace, discussing how Covid-19 has impacted artists with learning disabilities



Since the 1960s, ActionSpace has established a place for artists with learning disabilities in the contemporary art sector. They’re a London-based organisation that supports artists with learning disabilities, and creates opportunities for them to engage with the visual arts. Action Space wants a professional career in the arts to be a realistic option for artists with learning disabilities who have the talent and ambition to pursue this. They’re a leader in this work, with London studios, artist mentoring, and exhibitions at major museum and gallery spaces. We’re proud to work with them.

As part of our interview series A Call To Care, Autograph’s Ali Eisa spoke to Action Space Co-Director Sheryll Catto and artist Thompson Hall about their experiences of the Covid-19 crisis. Like all artists and organisations, Covid-19 has cancelled exhibitions, closed studios, and mandated a radical refocusing of priorities. Watch the interview below as Ali, Sheryll and Thompson delve into finding inspiration in lockdown to create new work – and new ways to care for their community. Keep scrolling to also see new drawings by Thompson Hall, from his new series Lockdown Legacy.













READ AND SEE MORE

Find out about artist Thompson Hall and see more of his work on Action Space’s website.

See an online exhibition of Thompson Hall’s Lockdown Legacy drawings. The creation of the series was supported by an Unlimited Micro-commission.

You can help support ActionSpace’s work by making a donation.

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Images, from top: 1) Thompson Hall, from Lockdown Legacy [detail], 2020. 2) Thompson Hall and Sheryll Catto. 3 - 8) Thompson Hall, from Lockdown Legacy, 2020