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Mike Layward

Artistic Director of Disability Arts in Shropshire

Mike has worked in the arts for almost 40 years as a performer, musician, carnival designer, maker, puppeteer, producer, director and live artist. During this time he has worked with Live Art Development Agency, Emergency Exit Arts, All Change, Akademi and SWICA Carnival

Since 1999, Mike has been Artistic Director of Disability Arts in Shropshire (DASH) where he has been instrumental in the organisation gaining a national reputation as a disability visual arts organisation. Mike’s philosophy is based on the belief that the arts can be a vehicle for social change.