Stephen Harvey is an artist from Wakefield. He has worked with Pyramid of Arts for many years, and in 2017 Pyramid supported him to apply for an Arts Council England G4A grant to develop a specific solo project.
'Moan Mats' is a personal statement about Stephen's own life experience and highlights specific frustrations, such as not being able to see the end of a football match because a support worker's shift is due to end, or arriving at an exhibition only to find that it is physically inaccessible.
Stephen produced several pieces of site-specific work for this project, including beer mats distributed by North Brewing Company and 'The Only Way Is Up', presented on a staircase but designed to be viewed only from the bottom of the stairs.
This work was exhibited as part of the 2018 BEYOND Festival; a biennial festival in Leeds showcasing the best work by artists with learning disabilities and highlighting the barriers to participation in the arts that still need to be overcome.
Click on the image below to go to go to a slideshow of Stephen's images or click HERE to open his magazine