2012 is a landmark year in the history of the Paralympic Games: learning-disabled athletes are back after a controversial 12 year ban. Gold Run celebrates their return.
Photography by Andy Hood
Gold Run is a creative response to the controversial history of learning-disabled athletes and the Paralympic Games in film, music and visual art, bringing together learning-disabled and non-traditional artists in the creation of a bold, multi-genre performance. The creative production incorporates a 30-strong choir, original films and one giant sculptural head - designed and created by artist James Lake.
The production features a chorus of singing fictional athletes who passionately relay the highs and lows of this compelling Paralympic story. Specially commissioned films are projected onto screens to illustrate the fast paced sporting action and artistically, the cast and creative team behind the project include both learning disabled and disabled artists working alongside able-bodied and non-learning-disabled individuals.
Gold Run is an original commission and partnership between Carousel, the award-winning disability arts organisation; Glyndebourne, the international opera house renowned for excellence; and Pallant House Gallery, the acclaimed home of modern art in the South.
It is created and presented by The Carousel Singers, Oska Bright filmmakers Matthew Hellett and Sarah Watson, Outside In artist James Lake, and learning-disabled and non-traditional artists.
Sophia Warner, Team GB 100m and 200m short distance runner and Adam Field, Team GB wheelchair Tennis player have both supported the project from the outset and feature at the heart of the production via a creative film section entitled movie memories.
Sophia said: "Working in support of a multi-disciplinary production is something that is close to my heart. I passionately believe in advocating support for anyone who faces challenges as a learning disabled individual and believe we must harness the creative skill and talent held by so many people with a learning disability; we must enable individuals with learning disabilities to reach their potential in the arts."
The final piece will be performed live in three prestigious venues in the South East, Glyndebourne, Brighton Corn Exchangeand Chichester Festival Theatre in 2012.
Gold Run: Remix
Following the live performances the work will be transformed into a digital installation, which will be exhibited throughout the Paralympics in Dilston Grove, Southwark Park, just outside the Olympic Village, before touring as part of Pallant House Gallery's Outside In initiative.