Affirmations is an interactive, Live Art installation created by Artists living with disability labels.

Audiences are encouraged to move around the room and observe the performances as they change and perspective shifts.

This performance offers a thought provoking and creative glimpse into extraordinary perspectives on the stigma associated with being different.

Developed in direct response to a Manchester Evening News article describing a 140 percent rise in reported hate crimes against people with disabilities.

Developed as part of Cells: A Body of Work and first shown at Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester (March, 2018).

Affirmations has also been performed at Emergency, Z-Arts (Oct, 2018) and at Tate Liverpool, Tate Exchange (Nov, 2018) as part of DaDaFest International.

“It made be feel emotional looking at the different lives born out of chance. A quote stood out for me; e are striving to be ordinary, nothing special”.

Audience Member, Tate Exchange, Tate Liverpool


Chrissy Carol Jones, Danielle Maycox, Darryl Duncan, Janet Charlsworth, Kelly Hoye, Michael Gleave, Nick Prince, Phil Breadney, Toby Taylor, Katherine Godfrey (Support Performer)

Creative Team

  • Director – Tom Hogan
  • Movement – Susan Swanson 
  • Concept Design – Nerissa Cargill Thompson
  • Set Design – Nathaniel Mason 
  • Images – Tamsin Drury
We are delighted to have developed this new work with performing arts students in partnership with The University of Bolton.
Created with the support of