Our Projects

I’m Me

Lung Ha members Gavin Yule and Ryan Duncan at an I’m Me sharing event in Sheffield, April 2024
Photo Credit: Harriet Hunter

Lung Ha is one of six disability arts companies taking part in I’m Me, a two-year creative research project that will work with learning disabled and autistic artists to explore questions of identity, representation and voice.

I’m Me will work with learning disabled and autistic artists’ lived experiences, placing them at the centre of the research process exploring:

  • Identity – how do we perceive ourselves
  • Representation – how do others perceive us
  • Voice – how do we make our presence in the world known

The project will adapt an approach based on the Creative Doodle Book, a resource that uses open and playful tasks to encourage reflective self-expression. Through this approach the perceptions, insights and creative understandings of the peer researchers will be at the heart of both the process and the outcomes.

I’m Me is generously funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and is led by Professor Matthew Reason from the Institute for Social Justice at York St John University. The project will be conducted in collaboration with Mind the Gap and in partnership with a network of five other disability arts companies: About FaceConfidanceHijinxOpen Theatre and Under the Stars.   

The project will run from May 2023 to June 2025, culminating in a Festival that will incorporate performances, exhibitions and videos, showcasing the artistic talents and perspectives of the learning disabled and autistic artists involved in the project.