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Disabled digital artist from Sleaford exhibits power of internet in pictures

By Sleaford Target  |  Posted: October 09, 2012

  • DIGITAL ARTIST: Jason Wilsher-Mills.

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A DISABLED digital artist from Sleaford has contributed a piece of his artwork to a touring exhibition showing the power of internet in pictures.

Jason Wilsher-Mills, 43, suffers from a progressive neurological condition, which has left him wheelchair-bound.

The father-of-two was certified disabled in 2003, which forced him to leave his day job as a branch manager of a charity.

After reading about renowned painter David Hockney's use of the iPad, Mr Wilsher-Mills bought one of his own and decided to rekindle his love for painting.

WeCommunic8, the organisation working with charity Nominet Trust on the exhibition, contacted Mr Wilsher-Mills to ask whether he would like to contribute one of his works to the exhibition, as an example of how the internet has had a positive impact on the lives of people.

Mr Wilsher-Mills, who contributed his Wibble as I Quibble piece, said: "The 'wibble as I quibble' image which is being used at the Our Digital Planet exhibition, depicts a particular incident when I fell out of bed, while attempting to reach for a phone. I fell flat on my face so the image is a view from a glass ceiling and my nose if spread against the glass.

"My children, who were with me at the time, just laughed and so I joined in as it was such a ridiculous moment. The title of the image also refers to a very powerful song about the perceptions of disability. My art makes fun of what the object is, puts it in a tutu, puts a silly nose on it and in that way it doesn't control you."

Our Digital Planet exhibition is visiting are Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool and Glasgow.

Mr Wilsher-Mills recently exhibited at galleries in both San Francisco and Cork Street, London, where he won a prize for his work, along with being shortlisted for the Culture Cloud finalist this year.

Furthermore, the art department in a prison in Leeds where he worked before becoming a full time digital artist, won the prestigious Jerwood Community Arts Award as a result of his work with the 1,300 male inmates.

He's also started work with the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats RLFC Community Trust in West Yorkshire, as their artist in residence, on an ambitious 12 month project which will see some incredibly and innovative new art being made in the area. This includes working alongside thousands of school children, to create a 60 metre mural using iPads, depicting the history of the club, which will be printed using industrial printing presses. He is also presently working with Arts Council England to write a bid which will provide much of the funding, along with local charities and organisations.

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  • Marbo1  |  October 09 2012, 12:36PM

    I hope hes declared any profit made by his art to the relevent authorities, or the next time his name appears in the paper it could be for all the wrong reasons. From the number of stories on Benefit/Tax on the site this week it certainly appears they are having a big push and clamping down on it.

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