Neurodiversity, Disability & Creativity: Jill Boyd, Claire Cunningham, Nuala Watt

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Sunday 26th Sept. 2.30pm - 3.30pm BST (Online)

Featuring creatives in dance, visual art and poetry, this panel explores the intersections between creative work, neurodiversity and disability

Jill Boyd is a visual artist, using photography and often text in her work with avenues outwards that reflect her neurodiversity. Diagnosed as an adult with autism, ADHD as well as some physical disabilities, she has had to adapt and create new journeys. A socially engaged practitioner, she has been a Community Artist/Facilitator since 2008 and founded The Creative Butterfly Project (Not-for-Profit) for survivors of abuse, using creative processes to build self-esteem and confidence, in 2016. 


Claire Cunningham is a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance based in Glasgow, Scotland.  One of the UK’s most acclaimed and internationally renowned disabled artists, Cunningham’s work is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches and the exploration of the potential of her own specific physicality with a conscious rejection of traditional dance techniques (developed for non-disabled bodies).  This runs alongside a deep interest in the lived experience of disability and its implications not only as a choreographer but also in terms of societal notions of knowledge, value, connection and interdependence.

Nuala Watt lives and works in Glasgow. Her poems have appeared in anthologies including Stairs and Whispers: D/Deaf and Disabled Writers Write Back (Nine Arches Press 2017), A Year of Scottish Poems (Pan Macmillan 2019) and To Mind Your Life: Poems for Nurses and Midwives (Polygon/Scottish Poetry Library 2021. Poems have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4. Current interests include visual impairment as a creative context and the relationship between disability and parenthood.   

Photo of Claire by @ar_photographer.

Image of Jill by Jill Boyd

Supported by RGU CAP