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Wednesday 05 July 2017

The Hubbub: Artists Create Brighton Based Showcase To Educate Public About Living With Hidden Illness

For two months, a group of artists that live with an invisible disability have been creating visual, sound and interactive artworks with the aim of educating the public on what it's like to live with a hidden illness. 

The result is The Hubbub at Brighton Dome on 8th and 9th July; a free gallery showcase that helps people understand the daily impact of having a long term illness despite the sufferer not looking sick.

As stated by the Care Quality Commission, nearly one in three people in England have along term condition and many of these conditions are 'invisible' or not easily noticeable to someone else.  

More often than not, sufferers do not experience compassion or support for the (sometimes chronic) pain and inhibiting illness they have to cope with, due to a lack ofknowledge and understanding.

Known as The Hidden Project, Brighton-based arts charity Root Experience and a handful of creative professionals including a sound engineer, a musician and a designer, worked with se4ven artists to produce an interactive installation.  

Visitors to The Hubbub will be invited to touch, talk, think and feel – learning how society can become more inclusive to help people with hidden conditions such as ME, fibromyalgia, autism and depression.  

Simon Magnus, Artistic Director said, "The Hubbub is a pioneering arts exhibition, where the quiet reflections of the audience are placed alongside the work created, to allow a public conversation to take place 'in stealth'.  

"As we've delved deeper into what the group question about their own experience of invisibility we've found that we all keep things invisible and that all of our internal worlds are not public knowledge. 

"However, when living with an invisibility that disables you from the society we live in, you are asked to speak about this and open up to this vulnerability constantly."

A further result of The Hidden Project is an advocacy toolkit on invisible conditions, informed not only by the creative and focus workshops that Root Experience have undertaken but also by the explorations happening within The Hubbub.  

The toolkit will be available to groups, organisations, agencies and individuals with the goal of improving inclusivity for people with invisible disabilities living in Brighton and Hove today.

The Hubbub is open Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July 2017, 12 – 4pm, atBrighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton.

by: Mike Cobley


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