LAAF 2017 Programme


08 July 2017 1-4pm

It was Paradise

Tiber Square  |  FREE

Rachel Gadsden created large-scale artwork live on site several times during the festival at:

Saturday 8 July, 1-4pm

Eid on the Square

Tiber Square, Lodge Lane | FREE


Sunday 9 July, 1.45-2.45pm

Rachel Gadsden

Open Eye Gallery's Winter Garden Space  |  FREE, No booking required


15 July 2017, 1pm to 4pm

World Museum  |  FREE


"It was Paradise" is a cross-cultural collaboration between UK and Palestinian artists, located in London, Liverpool, the West Bank and Gaza, which considers the effects upon individual and community of the sense of isolation and abandonment arising from physical and psychological confinement.

Inspired by the theme of Palestinian poet and author Mahmoud Darwish’s poem ‘Under Siege’, the object of the artistic collaboration above all is to cultivate hope, by the creation of visceral visual artwork, a series of digital films, animations and virtual drawings, a live artwork performance, and an interactive web-presence and book publication.

Taking a psycho-geographical approach the collaboration addresses global concerns about: migration, the lingering flight of refugee, disabled and bereaved people.

What it is to survive and to be human? What it is to empower and create a voice?

Rachel Gadsden is a British artist who is exhibited internationally and who works across the mainstream and disability art sectors, presenting cross-cultural visual dialogues that consider the most profound notions of what it is to be human.