I believe myself to be a tenacious, dynamic and socially aware individual with over ten years experience of communication work (arts/film/web/conference) in many community and work settings.
As an effective visual communicator and people person I enjoy the challenge and rewards of working creatively with others. As a dyslexic/disABILITY campaigner I believe that Accessible Information Motivates Success and always aim to work in a multi-sensory way. I have first hand experience of both project management and delivery and endeavour to work inclusively in order to get the best results for others and fulfil project aims.
As a “Big Picture” thinker, with good aural reasoning and visual abilities, I can utilise these talents when the need for lateral thinking and problem solving is required. As a creative and tenacious person I believe that I have the skills, knowledge and experience to deliver successful outcomes.
More About Me: I paint, therefore I am...
With the help of my spell checker and voice to text I will fill you in a bit about myself...
My dyslexia is the source of my creativity and a massive part of who I am. Churchill, Steve Job, Einstein, Darwin, Jamie Oliver, Di Vinci, Agatha Christie, Picasso, Branson, Tracey Emin, Warholl and Billy Connolly prove that dyslexics are very capable when they focus on their ability. Many of our top politicians are aslo dyslexic. Please visit www.voicesfromthemargins.co.uk for more on the issue of dyslexia and my work as a community artist and film-maker.
I have spent the last 12 years campaigning for a greater understanding and awareness of dyslexia. I have lectured around the world… Cardiff, Belfast, London, New York, Washington, Hong Kong and even Swindon. These years of bloody sweaty tears has seen my words on the subject published, allowed me to have my say on radio 4 and have films premiered at places like the House of Lords.
Like most dyslexics my weaknesses defined me from the outset and School never felt natural. All that sitting about was difficult for me. I was a very active and sporty child with a tendency for daydreaming but an inability to grasp the art of reading.
A slow walker, I didn’t speak until I was 3, but by the time I started school I was running and chatting a plenty. Infant school was bearable as I was good at playing with sand and water. My problem with text-based education came when I started junior school. I can remember being told I was lazy, not trying and a total simpleton
Ironically my sir name Juggins means silly fellow, or simpleton according to old dictionaries. (Juggins by name Juggins by nature lol).
To make things worse my Mum was told that I was gammy handed; as I was a natural left-hander… they soon cured me of that. My mother only told me this, minor detail, three years ago and I guess it explains why I can paint with both hands.
Well, if primary school had dented my self-esteem then senior school totally obliterated it. I was placed in bottom sets with lads whose only interests seemed to be fighting and tattooing themselves with ink and a compass. I didn’t take any O levels and left school broken and still unable to read or write to a functional level.
After several dead-end jobs I enjoyed a period of working for the health authority with people who have learning disabilities. The job was great and I think I got as much back as I gave but I knew I hadn’t finished my education.
So, I enrolled for an art foundation course at my local college, Swindon, before breezing my BA at the University of the West of England. I was the first person in the whole faculty to hand in a dissertation – Dyslexic Artist in a Word Based Education System.
Discovering that at least 40% of the prison population were dyslexic was a red rag to me. I had been lucky enough to have the support of my family and stayed on the straight and narrow. But I understood why a person might rebel from a society that denies them an appropriate education.
I have also worked as a community artist, educator and film-maker in many educational and social settings. Because I was that "slow learner" I guess I always aim to make things as multi-sensory as possible. I believe that accessable information motivates success and always encourage others to focus on ability.
I continue to devote my time to these issues in the belief that the right intervention can help people turn their lives around. However, I went to University to develop my painting, the physical visual and emotional joy I get from painting is pure beauty to my soul and I need to do this also.
Painting is my high place and at times I guess that I use it as a safety valve from the pressure of being a dyslexic in a text based society. It’s something I need to do daily.
The rules that apply to writing don’t exist in the world of painting. I love playing games with perspective, inventing new ways of expression and seeing. When I paint I am in the colour, I feel my gesture and find my balance. My painting is the real me and the paint needs to become my narrative.
I feel that I have many social issues to explore via my art and film work. Poverty, war, religion and the environment -
to name but a few.
I want to "paint" the world... so that in the future - we are both in a better place.
You can email me direct at: firstname.lastname@example.org