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Don’t miss Creating the Spectacle! featuring the world’s first underwater wheelchair

  • Date: 17 August 2012
  • Area: National
Women in wheelchair underwater

Sue Austin will perform on an underwater wheelchair for Creating the Spectacle!. Credit: Freewheeling

The world's first underwater wheelchair will take centre-stage in a series of breath-taking choreographed acrobatic underwater events at Osprey Leisure Centre, Weymouth, Wednesday 29 August to Saturday 1 September, for the London 2012 Festival.

Creating the Spectacle! by artist Sue Austin, has been commissioned as part of Unlimited, our flagship Cultural Olympiad programme celebrating the work of Deaf and disabled artists.

Austin hopes that the surprising juxtaposition of an NHS wheelchair in an underwater environment can transform preconceptions of wheelchair users and create positive empowering images to inspire people.

Visitors to the live performance will be able to watch it first hand in an underwater arena, whilst others can observe from the poolside.

Tickets can be purchased by completing a booking form, downloadable from the Creating the Spectacle! website.

A film about the project will also be shown at Unlimited at the Southbank Centre, an 11 day celebration bringing together all 29 Unlimited commissions on 30 August to 9 September.

In addition, it you can watch it on The Space, our free online digital arts service with the BBC. It features as part of The Push Me Collection, a series of short films about artists who are pushing themselves to reach previously unattained goals.

A specially commissioned film will also be featured in the Paralympic Flame Festivals.

Artist Sue Austin said: 'I'm thrilled that lots of people have been inspired by the project already, many of them telling me how seeing the wheelchair underwater has made them want to try it too. They're realising that it's actually extending the boundaries for all of us. We've created something new and exciting and it's really getting people talking. As a result, they're realising that viewing the world from a different perspective inspires them to be free to explore new experiences.'

Find out more about Unlimited and the 29 commissions we have supported.

Find out more about our involvement in the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.