This site now acts as an archive only. For the latest news, opinion, blogs and listings on disability arts and culture visit

Disability Arts Online

> > > Exhibition to celebrate 35 years of placing Deaf and disabled artists centre stage

Graeae Theatre and the Central Illustration Agency have announced a new exhibition, Reframing the Myth, which will take place at the Guardian's exhibition space in February 2016.

Cello Rain #12 Illustration by Mick Marston, inspired by the poem of the same name by Graeaeā€™s Sean Burn. This stylised black and white illustration shows a hand playing a cello.

Illustration by Mick Marston inspired by Graeae artist Sean Burn.

The Central Illustration Agency (CIA) has been representing some of the world's leading illustrators and animators for over thirty years. Graeae is a force for change in world-class theatre, breaking down barriers, challenging preconceptions and boldly placing Deaf and disabled artists centre stage.

In February 2016, CIA and Graeae will be launching Reframing the Myth at The Guardian's exhibition space in Kings Cross. CIA and Graeae have respectively partnered 36 of its illustrators and four Deaf or disabled illustrators with 40 of Graeae Theatre Company's artists to explore their mutual creativity and produce artwork inspired by the experiences of the company's actors, dancers, writers and directors, including founder Nabil Shaban.
The exhibition will interpret the outstanding artistic achievements of the artists that have worked with Graeae over the last 35 years, while also highlighting the challenges that members of the Deaf and disabled community face due to the Government's ongoing changes to the benefits system.

CIA artist and patron of Graeae Sir Peter Blake will be producing an original artwork illustrating the Greek myth that gave the theatre company its name - a story of resourcefulness. This artwork will also be animated by the CIA animation house Dog and Rabbit.

Artistic Director and CEO of Graeae Theatre Company Jenny Sealey said:

"This is a rather extraordinary and unexpected collaboration but one that feels very right: a beautiful creative exchange and sharing of human experiences. It is very exciting and we are all abuzz waiting to see how these individual stories from our collective of artists become represented as glorious new works of art."

Ben Cox, Director of CIA commented:

"We were originally introduced to Graeae by Peter Blake, one of the company's patrons and friend of former Graeae collaborator, the much missed Ian Dury. When CIA moved to Shoreditch a few years ago we became neighbours of the theatre company and felt there was a wonderful opportunity to create something unique together. Our illustrators are used to working within the formal structures of the publishing, design and advertising sectors so the experience of joining forces with Graeae's members has been a liberating and fascinating process."

The exhibition will be fully accessible and will include audio description and braille. It will take place 1-26 February 2016 at The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, King's Cross, London N1 9GU. See here for full listing details of Reframing the Myth.