A beautiful new era for prosthetics at Princes Quay

Published: Thursday 2nd November 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Centre of Attention is a new thought-provoking exhibition at Princes Quay, showcasing cutting-edge prosthetic limbs.

The display is being brought to the popular city centre shopping centre by Artlink, as part of Square Peg, which is a diversity and disability arts programme funded by Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and backed by Principal Partner Spirit of 2012.

Artlink is located on Princes Avenue. Established in 1982, it is a key member of the Shape Network, who work across the region to promote and organise disability arts workshops, projects, training, advice and performances.

Opening on Friday 3 November and running every weekend until Sunday 26 November, the exciting exhibit will explore new ways to consider our bodies and ask shoppers to think about what it is to be different.

Three new prosthetic arms have been designed by Sophie Oliveira Barata, the founder of The Alternative Limb Project, especially for fashion model and disability activist Kelly Knox.

Kelly is listed in the Power 100 as one of the country’s most influential people with a disability. She is passionate about motivating generations, working tirelessly to spread her messages of body diversity, debunk society’s preconceptions about disability, and challenge the standardised idea of beauty.

Sophie has taken Kelly’s aspirations, values and interests and incorporated them into her beautiful designs.

The talented artist’s work will be accompanied by film screenings by Fly Girl Film. The Yorkshire-based female-fronted production company frequently work with artists, performers and musicians, as well as the local community, to entertain and educate on subjects they feel strongly about.

Sophie, who has worked on pieces for Paralympic athletes, music performers, video game companies and models, sees prosthetics as an extension of the wearer’s personality. Just like how we express ourselves through fashion, clothes and cosmetics, we can also do this through prosthetics.

“Centre of Attention has allowed us to think creatively about the body, personal expression and what it is to stand out and be different,” Sophie tells us. “This is an opportunity to redefine the body and push the boundaries of alternative prosthetics.”

Her work includes combining innovative technology with traditional crafts and many of her creations reflect thoughts and ideas on body image, evolution, transhumanism and body modification. She strives to promote positive and open conversations around disability and body diversity.

Unfortunately, there are often limited or no options available to individuals who need adapted clothing, equipment or prosthetics to live a normal life. Centre of Attention is all about raising awareness of the need for more options for these people, who just want to express themselves in the same way as everyone else does.

You can see Centre of Attention at Princes Quay every weekend from Friday 3 until Sunday 26 November. To find out more, please visit the Hull 2017 website.

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Published: Thursday 2nd November 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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