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COROWNED WORKS 2022


Richard Downes: A disabled poet's response about the effecst of COVID-19 and Lockdown.

This project is a purely experimental vehicle attempting to develop an immersive 360° poetic experience around responses to the effects of COVID and lock down on eight disabled poets/artists, culminating in recorded readings accompanied by soundscapes/music and 360° imagery.

During March 2022 Richard Downes and Ivan Riches conducted a workshop with six other poets, Michelle Baharier, Crippen, Kuli Koli, Inky Queer, Gwyneth Wilson and Wendy Young shared their responses to COVID and lock down. Each artist then wrote poems that described their experiences. These were passed on to Ivan Riches to be sketched into an immersive environment sound/music 360° imagery, some poets donated their own imagery.

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Project supported by Disability Arts Online COVID-19 Open Commission 2021
Disability Arts Online's 2021 commissions were created in recognition of the difficulties facing disabled, freelance creatives, due the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.


HOME2HOME 2020


'Home2Home' is an immersive 360-degree online installation/artwork. It visually centres around the artist Ivan Riches experiences of living through lockdown. Its soundtrack consists of 6 disabled artist’s descriptions of their lockdown and how they strive to continue being creative.

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SURROUNDINGS 2019




Initiated, devised and delivered by Ivan Riches, 'Surroundings' focusses upon memories & experiences of similarity, difference, acceptance & rejection during times of social division.

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PEELING ONIONS WITH GRANNY 2018-ongoing


During WW2, under Stalin's regime, many 'undesirable' citizens were deported, often thousands of miles from their homes. 

Peeling Onions with Granny began as a collective of six artists of Polish and Latvian heritage with a direct connection to this history.

The collective has expanded to include other creative practitioners with stories to tell of exile, refuge, migration, journey and 'arrival'. These stories cross generations and countries. Although they carry intense and personal emotional connections, it is our desire that they speak to a universal audience and with a relevance to 'the now' as much as to their historical contexts.

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SUE AUSTIN


Eyesociation welcomes artist Sue Austin as a new member of our collective.

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MEETING IN NO MAN'S LAND 2016-17


For more information: http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/engage/2017/02/15/meeting-in-no-mans-land/

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SONIC VISTAS 2015




Sonic Vistas is a music and visual art projection project for an ensemble of deaf and disabled musicians, initiated and led by Ivan Riches. Integrating audio, visuals & access via AMT (Assistive Music Technology) it has become a new, crossover artform.

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CHILDREN OF THE GREAT WAR 2013-15




Throughout 2013-15, Eyesociation worked with Age Exchange, across London, to record interviews with members of the London public. The focus was on how families were affected by the conflict then, and across subsequent generations.

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WORCESTER MUSEUMS 2014


Eyesociation were commissioned to work on a pilot project with two museums in Worcester - The George Marshall Medical Museum and The Infirmary - to explore young people's engagement with museum collections, local history and archival material.

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