BOP Artists was a residency opportunity in autumn 2017, in partnership with National Theatre of Scotland for disabled artists in Scotland to develop their skills and an idea for a new project that will impact on career and practice in the longer term.
The BOP Artists supported in 2017 were: Aminder Virdee, Jen McGregor and Stuart Pyper. Each of them brought strong creative ideas for development and you can find out about each other personal journeys with BOP Artists below. The project was tailored to their development needs and created unique opportunities to support the development of their ideas by providing access to expertise within the National Theatre of Scotland and other industry professionals.
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Aminder Virdee is a Visual Arts and Performance Artist, Arts Tutor and Lecturer, and Disability Activist. Aminder has exhibited and performed at numerous galleries and venues in London, across the UK. Most recently, Aminder was one of five lead artists participating at Rough Mix 2016 with Magnetic North Theatre, Edinburgh. Aminder’s practice is an ongoing investigation subverting the representation of disability and other classifications of the population that intersects disability, such as sexuality, race and gender. Aminder uses the exploration of the Self and identity to penetrate the social, political, physical, personal and philosophical notions attached to the term ‘disability’.
Aminder’s project developed during BOP Artists was ‘The Staff Infection’, it examined the Doctor – Patient relationship and self-interrogation relating to physical disabilities and mental health. ‘The Staff Infection’ is an exploration into the effects of medication usage upon one’s identity; a probe into the conflicts and harmonies between human-health, pharmaceuticals, the imposed responsibility entrusted to give or take medication, and to assume all liability for risks and side effects.