‘What’s in a Label’ is the second in the BBC Radio 4 series. This episode investigates what diagnostic labels can mean to individuals.
‘In this second programme in the series, Claudia considers the value and the accuracy of diagnoses in mental health. Unlike a broken wrist, diabetes or anaemia, where you can be fairly hopeful that the testing makes the diagnosis watertight, there is not a single x-ray, blood test or biopsy that can give a definitive diagnosis of a mental health problem.’ – D for Diagnosis
What’s in a Label?
In the second episode in the series, I talk about receiving my diagnosis of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). After receiving my diagnosis, I realised that all the things I had previously struggled with (predominantly audio and visual sensory overload) were long-time themes within my art practice. I realised that I had been fighting myself to fit into a ‘normal’ career and adhere to ‘normal’ social conventions. It was at that point I decided to walk away from a career in retail and move into higher education where my ‘deficits’ suddenly felt like strengths.
I will be featured in two episodes of BBC Radio 4’s new program, ‘D For Diagnosis’.
The first episode airs at 11 am UK time on Friday 12th July and can be accessed via this link BBC Radio 4. The first episode, titled ‘What’s in a Name’ deals with the history of Diagnosis.
‘In this first of three programmes, Claudia Hammond explores the history of classification for diagnoses of the mind and discovers that diagnostic labels are very much artefacts of the cultural and social preoccupations of the time.’ – BBC Radio 4
I have been shortlisted for the Refresh Art Award and I am so excited. I really wanted to share their manifesto, as it was the reason why I applied. I’ve had a great experience working with them and I can’t wait to meet the other shortlisted artists and organisers on the 6th June 2019 at 5th Base Gallery, London.
If you would like to support me and buy my book ‘Dream Dissociation Two’ you can purchase it here.
‘The Refresh Art Award was founded in 2018 as an independent prize to take the temperature of the unrepresented art world, which makes up the majority of artists producing work at any given time. What were these artists who don’t have gallery representation or a platform actually saying?
A year later, on the eve of the first show, the strongest emerging themes are women, from body positivity to lack of shame in the female form, to sexual abuse and date rape mixed with environmentalism, climate change and eco feminism.
‘Hide and Seek’ at 44AD Art Space. I’m so pleased to be showing as part of this eclectic printmaking exhibition!
Hide and Seek is the 5th open printmaking exhibition hosted and organised by 44AD gallery and studio space, Bath, UK. The private view is Wednesday 15th May 6pm to 8pm and I have two framed prints for sale.