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Join us at the Ferens for a colourful journey into the imagination and experiences of disabled artist Jason Wilsher-Mills!

Created in response to disabled communities in Hull, Wakefield and Manchester, Jason’s theatrical portraits and sculptures reflect aspects of his personality, memory, and disability. This family friendly exhibition is suitable for all ages and includes Augmented Reality (AR) and interactive experiences.

Jason’s fun, empowering and insightful creations will excite and move you. Through this exhibition you’ll gain a greater understanding of our world and how those with disabilities experience it.

Alongside the exhibition will be an exciting and accessible programme of events and activities for all ages. This includes a talk by Jason in May, baby sensory sessions, storytelling, relaxed openings, workshops delivered by artists, and craft sessions. Details of the full programme will be available on our events page.

We are committed to making your visit as accessible as possible.  For full details please visit the access page.

About Jason Wilsher-Mills

Jason was born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, and was the eighth child of a coalmining family. He was a very active child until he fell ill with chicken pox, with the virus attacking his central nervous system. This caused him to be paralysed from the neck down and confined to a wheelchair, where he would escape to his imagination and memories of happy holidays to Withernsea.

As his health improved, Jason became the first in his family to go to university, studying Fine Art and became a painter. His health then began to decline, and he explored new ways of working with digital technologies. Using iPads and Wacom tablets Jason transforms paintings into large interactive sculptures and uses augmented reality to interact with the viewer.

“My work celebrates disability, my northern working-class heritage & popular culture, through cutting edge technologies and brightly coloured, largescale humorous, but challenging art. When asked what my work is about, I   simply say – ‘Think ‘I, Daniel Blake’ meets ‘The Beano’” Jason Wilsher-Mills

Jason has a long connection with Hull and the surrounding area. He has worked on projects with Artlink, the University of Hull, and Streetlife Museum. He has also exhibited across the UK and internationally.

Free Entry

Date: 24th February 2024 - 2nd June 2024 Recurs daily.

Location: Ferens Art Gallery Queen Victoria Square
Carr Lane

Cost: Free