The commissions offered new ways of seeing that stimulated public, biomedical professional and media debate around the social, cultural and ethical implications of medicalised ways of understanding difference that pervade biomedical professional practice as well as shape broader public and societal attitudes towards disability and disabled people. As a result Exceptional & Extraordinary attracted considerable interest from the media:


The Lancet
‘Exceptional and extraordinary artists’ by Wendy Moore – 4 June 2016

Museums Journal
‘Playing to the gallery’ by Jonathan Knott – 1 December 2016

Museums Journal
‘Action points’ by Rob Sharp – 1 November 2016

Opinion Pieces

Disability Arts Online
‘The Darkening Skies’ Kate Lovell interview with David Hevey – 10 June 2016

Disability Arts Online
‘Museums on the move’ Kate Lovell interview with Richard Sandell & Jocelyn Dodd – 13 June 2016


Museums Journal
‘Whose body is it anyway?’ Review by Geraldine Kendall at the Hunterian Museum, Royal College of Surgeons – 29 June 2016

Writing About Dance
Review by Ian Abbott at Surgeon’s Hall, Edinburgh – 20 June 2016

Limping Chicken
Review by Lianne Herbert – 22 June 2016

Disability Arts Online
Review by Sandra Alland of Deaf Men Dancing at the Hunterian Museum, Royal College of Surgeons – 24 June 2016


Big Issue North
Blog: Julie McNamara on Hold the Hearse! – 6 June 2016

Big Issue North
Blog: Mark Smith on Deaf Men Dancing’s Let Us Tell you A Story – 12 June 2016


Disability Arts Online
News – 18 April 2016


Shoreditch Radio
‘Music in Motion’ Programme – 26 June 2016
Interview with Mark Smith, Choreographer, Deaf Men Dancing

Event Previews

Preview – 13 June 2016

Leeds Inspired
Preview – 18 June 2016

Disability Arts Online
Preview – 12 May 2016

Photo Credit: David Hevey, Film Still ‘The Fight For Life’