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A lady with sholder-length red hear, wearing a blue top and scarf sits at a desk holding a walking stick

Sarah Bush, by Colin McPherson. Photograph commissioned by DaDaFest, 2014

DaDaFest Photography exhibition: Working Lives: Here and There, 8 Water Street, Liverpool

Location: 43 Castle Street, Liverpool, - Click for map

12 June 2014 to 26 July 2014 12.30 - 5.30pm


The Exhibition ‘Working Lives: Here and There’ includes new work commissioned by DaDaFest from photographers Adam Lee, Ciara Leeming, Colin McPherson and Tom Wood.

It features large scale photographs taken in Liverpool (‘here’) and from countries across the world (‘there’).

The images depict disabled people in their workplaces, challenging myths surrounding disability and employment, through positive depictions of disabled people in work. Accompanying the exhibition are stories from the people depicted.

Unemployment rates for Disabled people in the UK are on average 53%[1] of those of working age despite research showing the benefits of disabled people as employees and the nature of entrepreneurship conducive to the life patterns of many disabled people. In other parts of the world, unemployment figures for disabled people are over 90%[2].

Ruth Gould, Artistic Director of DaDaFest said: “This exhibition makes a powerful political statement about the similarities and differences of working lives of disabled people from across the globe. I am delighted with how the photographers have captured the people featured, and the personal stories they tell, within this political context.”

The exhibition is an element of the programme of cultural events commissioned for the International Festival for Business, running in June-July. 

The Photographers: Adam Lee is a Liverpool based freelance documentary and commercial photographer and photographic workshop facilitator, much of his work centres on disability. Ciara Leeming is a Manchester-based freelance writer, photographer and multimedia producer focusing on social affairs, education and culture. Colin McPherson is an award-winning photographer and visual artist based near Liverpool. Tom Wood is an internationally exhibited artist best known for his street photography around Merseyside. His work has also been widely published and received awards. He was recently featured in the BBC 4 documentary series ‘What Do Artists Do All Day.’

[1] Department for Work and Pensions, 2013

[2] United Nations – Factsheet on Persons with Disabilities

How to book:

Telephone DaDaFest on 0151 707 1733, text 07436 536 200 or email 


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