About the Rising Project

Shadowlight Artists: Rising 19 October – 11 November 2018

Film Oxford presented the latest work by The Shadowlight Artists, a group of Oxfordshire-based artists with learning disabilities. This exhibition that ran across two venues, Modern Art Oxford and the Old Fire Station, celebrated the group’s creative growth since their formation in 2009 with an artistically ambitious body of work which re-frames disability arts.

The exhibition featured major new works by the core group alongside two new films produced by the wider Shadowlight Associates group. The work in the show spanned installation, painting, digital media and theatrical production. Works involving digital media were exhibited at Modern Art Oxford, and works in 2D forms at the Old Fire Station.
A publication accompanying the exhibition is available to download here.

The RISING final report is also available to download here

The Shadowlight Artists are:
Wendy Belcher, Tom Breach, Mark Hemsworth, Russell Highsmith, Richard Hunt, Lucy Skuce, Danny Smith.

shadowlight artists, lucy skuce

Creative Partnerships

Each Shadowlight artist worked with an artist established in their chosen medium to produce a new work which was premiered at Modern Art Oxford and Arts at the Old Fire Station galleries in Autumn 2018:

  • Russell Highsmith worked with dramatist Mark Ralph-Bowman to create a new Play which was performed for 2 sold-out nights at Old Fire Station Theatre 
  • Lucy Skuce worked with Artist Chris Oakley to create a video installation
  • Richard Hunt worked with artist Sonia Boue on an installation work and new paintings
  • Mark Hemsworth worked with Naomi Morris on new photography work
  • Danny Smith worked with Roly Carline on a performative video piece and Cait Sweeney for painting work
  • Tom Breach worked with Chris Oakley to create an animation


Platform was principally funded by Arts Council England with addtional financial support from St Michael & All Saints Charities, Persimmons and others. In order to ensure the sustainability of the group, fundraising efforts are ongoing to support the group’s future activities.

Shadowlight Artists, Russell Highsmith
The Shadowlight Artists

The Shadowlight Artists are supported by Film Oxford


Shadowight Artists, c/o Film Oxford 54 Catherine St, Oxford, OX4 3AH

01865 792731

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