First Disabled Artist in Residence at Somerset College

James Lake has just been appointed as the first disabled artist in residence at Somerset College.  This is a really exciting and unique development for the College and its project partners Somerset Arts and Disability Project and Kaleido Arts.

James is a sculptor, who has a passion for working with people to help them to realise that art is for everyone.  He makes large pieces using card and explores disability in his work.  He also runs workshops for people of all abilities.

James will be working as artist in residence at the College for nine months and developing his own work.  At the same time he will be working with college staff and students to develop ways of exploring disability through art. 

James says: ‘I believe everyone should have the chance to make art, particularly sculpture whatever their ability.  My work is all about giving people that chance.’

Richard Holt , Curriculum Manager for Arts and Design said:

“This exciting initiative came about through a unique collaboration between Somerset College, Kaleido Arts – The South West Disability Arts Development Agency,  and the Somerset Arts and Disability Project and has been in the pipeline for two years.  We are really delighted it has come to fruition and are really looking forward to working with James.”   

Ralf Togneri, Director of Kaleido Arts said:

“We are delighted that Somerset College has appointed their first disabled artist to this residency. We look forward to working with the College and Somerset Arts and Disability Project in the future.”

The college has a dedicated Learning Support Team who will identify and provide support for students who need additional assistance. 

Tim Yeandle, Director of Student Services and Marketing said:  ‘We take pride in creating opportunities for our students and we celebrate diversity in all its forms.’