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Artist Explores New Depths In A Wheelchair

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10:42am 28th August 2012
(Updated 12:00pm 28th August 2012)

A disabled artist will be performing underwater in a wheelchair at Osprey Leisure Centre tomorrow.

Sue Austin will be flying mid water in her self-propelled NHS wheelchair for her project: 'Creating the Spectacle'.

It will be screened at the ICCI 360 Arena in front of Weymouth Pavilion.

Sue says it's an unexpected marriage between scuba gear and NHS wheelchair but adds she's not scared of being underwater. "For me it's second nature and a much, much better experience than using scuba gear. I would find it hard to dive without my chair because it becomes like flying underwater."

It will be an experience shared by all who come to see it too. Sue says: "Everyone who attends becomes part of the artwork too because as they experience that and then talk to other people about what they've seen they're spreading the idea out into the world and being part of that process in transforming ideas about the wheelchair."

 

More Performance Dates:

31st August

17:30 - Underwater Gold (for training)
18:00 - Underwater Silver & Underwater Gold (qualified divers hiring kit)
19:00 - Poolside

£30 Underwater Gold - In pool audience requiring training and/or equipment £25 Underwater Silver - In pool audience with a diving qualification and all own equipment (that includes turning up with a full tank of air!) £10 - Poolside audience

Tickets available at http://wearefreewheeling.co.uk/freewheeling-performances

 

1st September

16:00 - Underwater Gold (for training)
18:30 - Underwater Silver & Underwater Gold (qualified divers hiring kit)
19:30 - Poolside

£30 Underwater Gold - In pool audience requiring training and/or equipment £25 Underwater Silver - In pool audience with a diving qualification and all own equipment (that includes turning up with a full tank of air!) £10 - Poolside audience

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