Crippen’s Blog

National Disability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA)

I’ve been approached by David Hevey, the Project Director of the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA) with a view to having my work included in this amazing project.

NDACA will preserve the rich heritage and story of the unique UK-based Disability Arts Movement; this was a phenomenal cultural movement when disabled people and their allies broke barriers, helped create changes in the law, and made great art and culture about those fights.

1998 (Custom)

So far I’ve been able to find over 170 digital copies of my original greyscale cartoons, dating back from 25 years ago, and reflecting the early stirrings of crip power. Many of these were created for Disability Arts in London magazine (DAIL), Disability Arts magazine (DAM), The Trades Union Disability Alliance newsletter (TUDA) and many newsletters of the groups and organisations of disabled people that were just taking off at the time. Unfortunately, those that were being kept in hard copy format, prior to 1992, haven’t stood the test of time and have since been lost. These included a series of cartoons I created each week for the TV programme ‘Linked in’ which was produced by the late Sally Wells.

1995 (Custom)

However, with both the greyscale originals and the later colour cartoons, I have currently stored on various hard drives and independent back-up drives over a THOUSAND Crippen cartoons!  Naturally, the idea that NDACA will also have many of the cartoons stored within their own archive systems adds a further sense of permanence for my work.

I’ll keep you posted as this project progresses, although you can click on the following link about NDACA and find out more for yourselves.

 The web site of the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA)