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New film on Rachel Gadsden and the Creative Case for Diversity

  • Date: 6 March 2013
  • Area: National, South East

Award-winning visual artist Rachel Gadsden is the subject of a new film that explores her artistic practice, her relationship with disability and the Creative Case for Diversity.

The Creative Case for Diversity is Arts Council England's policy on how diversity and equality can enrich the arts for artists, audiences and our wider society. The arts-driven approach examines the best approaches to liberate artists from imposed labels by making the discussion first and foremost about quality art.

The film was made by filmmaker Abbie Norris (Dropframe) and was especially commissioned by the Arts Council for the Creative Case website, which is managed by Disability Arts Online

Rachel Gadsden, artist - Creative Case for Diversity

Rachel Gadsden is an award-winning figurative narrative painter and drawer who uses a multitude of mediums and assemblage to create her vibrant dynamic work. Rachel is known for her work at Stoke Mandeville Sports Stadium in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, the birthplace of the Paralympics, and she has been working in the South East for over seven years.

2012 saw the fruition of several exciting Cultural Olympiad projects including Unlimited Global Alchemy, which was commissioned by the Unlimited programme and explores the psychology and politics of HIV/AIDS and of life-giving medical regimes, and Starting Line, which was commissioned by Accentuate, the London 2012 legacy programme for the South East, as part of the London 2012 Paralympic Flame Festival in Aylesbury.

Rachel Gadsden graduated with a BA Degree in Fine Art from Wimbledon School of Art in 1998. In 1999 Rachel studied for a diploma in Anatomy and Art at University College London Medical School and received an Arts and Humanities Research Board Award in 2000 to study for an MA in Fine Art at the City and Guilds of London Art School.

To find out more about Arts Council England's Creative Case for Diversity, see