A woman wearing a black roll neck jumper and dog tooth skirt stands in front of a self-portrait.
Unlimited Impact Trainee Becky Dann. Photo credit: Thisseas

Becky Dann – Unlimited Impact Trainee

Hello, my name is Becky and I have been lucky enough to have been chosen as the new Unlimited Impact Trainee for 2017, based at Shape Arts.

From a young age I have always been interested in art, from constantly drawing ridiculous pictures to give to my mum (and making her keep every single one), to growing up and discovering a digital camera. Photography soon became a real passion of mine and I knew that I wanted to study it so I went to college and then to University.

During my time at university I created my photography projects around my own impairment. I was born with Kyphoscoliosis and at the age of 9 I was left paralysed. After being told I would never walk again I tried everything to prove doctors wrong. I started to regain movement and now although still needing to use a wheelchair I am able to walk with a crutch for a short period; my artwork draws on these experiences, and includes self-portraits and live audience participation performance pieces.

It was in university that I really started to speak out for disabled students and artists. As a student I would find the correct staff within the university to speak to about issues around campus that affected disabled students and, once graduated, students elected me as their President to be able to help all students have a voice. My year as President was spent helping the university make education more inclusive for disabled students and artists, which is what led me to apply for the Unlimited Impact Trainee position; I wanted to continue working with my passion for art and disability, and being part of a movement towards access and self-expression through art.

I’m so excited and looking forward to getting started!

You can find Becky’s artwork on her website