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Drawn Poorly is a Manchester based project providing arts opportunities focused on chronic illness, disability and mental health conditions.

Starting off as a zine in 2017, four issues have been produced focusing on subjects which affect us all including Identity, Relationships, Diagnosis and Barriers. All the zines are collaboratively created with a huge number of creatives contributing their work, allowing the project to be as multidimensional as living with conditions is.

Hidden Ink Child, 2018

In 2018/19, the project was supported and developed by the Future Fires programme at Contact Theatre. Through this, it was possible to produce the Barriers Zine Launch and performance night, showcasing work from brilliant artists.

In August 2019, Drawn Poorly was featured in the Edinburgh Fringe Central programme, running ‘Let’s Make Sick Art’ Workshops. The sessions engaged brilliant creatives and explored how the arts can be more widely accessible to people with health conditions. This is something that we want to look into further.

Drawn Poorly is keen for access for all chronic conditions, disability and mental health conditions to be considered for everything. Our mission is to continue honest and important dialogues about chronic illness, disability and mental health through our work and supporting artists to do the same.

If you’re interested in collaborating with Drawn Poorly, drop us a line.