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Mat Fraser in his "Short armed and dangerous" jumperadorn, equip is a national touring exhibition originated by The City Gallery, Leicester. The exhibition examines issues around the design of equipment and accessories for disabled people. Consultation between artists/makers, designers and disabled people has inspired the production of unique, functional objects and thought-provoking work. Most equipment and accessories are produced only with function in mind, devoid of decoration or design. Items in the exhibition are fashionable, dynamic, challenging, provocative and confrontational.

Mat Fraser (star of the Virgin mobile advert) has worked in conjunction with knit-ware artist Freddie Robins to produce a sweater with the slogan ‘Short Armed and Dangerous'. International sculptor-extraordinaire Andrew Logan (famous for his Pegasus horses, sculptures of celebrities such as Zandra Rhodes and for organising the Alternative Miss World) has customised a zimmer frame and also a back brace for multimedia artist Ju Gosling.

Textile artist Susie Freeman has created a handbag for agoraphobics and a garment incorporating commonly prescribed medicines used in the treatment of arthritis, and disabled artist Nicola Lane explores the aesthetics of prosthetic limbs in a thought-provoking art work.

adorn, equip is a unique exhibition, three years in the making. It opened at The City Gallery on 8 September 2001 and is currently touring nationally.


For more information please contact Mark Prest, Exhibitions Officer (Crafts) on 0116 254 0595.

For images please contact Sara Dewsbery/Lou Rainbow (Marketing Assistants) on 0116 254 0595.

Illustration: Mat Fraser wearing "Short Armed and Dangerous" by Freddie Robins. Photograph by Rob Hann

© The City Gallery, Leicester and the artists: 2001

This site was built by Ju Gosling aka ju90 during an artist's residency at Oriel 31 in November 2001

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