Shadowlight Artists


The Shadowlight Artists now have their own website

The page below this isn’t updated and is kept for archive purposes only:


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The Shadowlight Artists are an award winning independent group of digital artists with learning disabilities based in Oxfordshire, supported by Film Oxford

For the most up-to-date news, photos and videos see the groups Facebook page

For their lastest videos see their Youtube Channel

For the groups new blog, see it on Disability Arts Online 

Award News


Richard Hunt won The Shape Open 2017 – ‘Power: The Politics of Disability’ in London in February 2017, for his painting Totempole which he created as part of Creative Bridges project. Shape Patron Artists Yinka Shonibare MBE was one of the judges, and Richard won a cash prize.

Richard Hunt’s film “Amazing Art” and the group production “Landscapes” have been selected to be screened at Oska Bright festival in Brighton in November 2017. Danny Smiths film “Light from my Crystal” was screened Liberty Festival London in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 15th July 2017. Another of Danny’s films was screened at Sprout in in Minnesota, USA in October. 

Shadowlight Artists group production film “Landscapes”, Richard Hunts film “Amazing Art” and Mark Hemsworth’s film “Moods & Seasons” were screened at the Picture This…Film Festival in Alberta in Canada in March 2017

Shadowlight Artists won the 2016 Haelo Award at the Haelo Film Festival in Manchester in November 2016.

The group had 5 films showing at the Together! Disability Film Festival 2016 in December 2016

The Shadowlight Artists were Shortlisted for the National Diversity Awards for best Disability Organisation (out of over 20,000 nominations). The event was held at the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool on 16th September 2016. Danny Smith and Richard Hunt went along to the ceremony to represent the group.

Artist Yinka Shonibare MBE with Shape Open 2017 winner Richard Hunt and Shape CEO Tony Heaton OBE, image c. Rachel Cherry
Shadowlight Artists shortlisted for National Award
Danny Smith and Richard Hunt celebrate at National Diversity Awards in Liverpool
National Diversity Awards 2016 in Liverpool
Danny Smith and Richard Hunt at National Diversity Awards with Hollyaoks attress Annie Wallace& Festival founder Paul Sesay

Richard Hunt and Danny Smith at 2016 National Diversity Awards, more on the awards can be found here

Big success for Shadowlight Artists

Over the last few years there has been plenty of creative success for The Shadowlight Artists, their work have been shown at Galleries (including Modern Art Oxford), at large public events, on the internet, on National TV, at Local, National and International Film Festivals and at National Film Theatre and Southbank Centre in London.

Creative Bridges

The group have recently completed an Arts Council Of England funded project called “Creative Bridges”. The group made 7 new films and other creative work, such as paintings, drawings and installation, which they exhibited in 2016 and 2017.

Russell Highsmith’s play “The Big Shock” was performed and filmed before an audience of almost 200 at Cornerstone Theatre, Didcot in February 2016, the first play written by a writer with a learning disability and performed at a mainstream theatre.

You can download for free an 64 page e-book PDF version of the groups published “Creative Bridges” booklet, which as details on the history of the group, details on each artists and their work for the project, plus an article by Jon Pratty on “The Creative Case for Mainstreaming”. Download free here.

The group exhibited the full Creative Bridges at Cornerstone Galley 12th July to 14th August 2016 and at Modern Art Oxford in October 2016. Up-to-date photos, videos and more info can be found on their facebook page. They also exhibited their films at ROAR – Oxford’s Disability Youth Arts Festival, in October 2016, and ran special art workshops for 100+ people with learning disabilities (see results of gif workshop).

Creative Bridges also had a fantastic review by Disability Arts Online. One of Richard Hunts paintings from Creative Bridges won the The Shape Open 2017

The new work includes a group production called “Dreamsville” which premiered at Modern Art Oxford on 4th December 2015. Dreamsville has also been screened at Together! Disability Film Festival 2015 in December 2015, OVADA Gallery and at the Paralympic Festival in Queen Elizabeth Park, London in September 2016.

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An Introduction to the Shadowlight Artists

Previous Achievements

The group have also had their film “The Cave” exhibited at the London Disability Film Festival, and at Pegasus Theatre, Phoenix Cinema and OVADA Visual Arts Gallery in Oxford. Earlier in 2015 the group have also been involved in a creative exchange with artists from Magdalen Road Studios.

Richard Hunt has a painting being exhibited at Compton Verney gallery in Warwickshire, along with some of his video work. Richards work was chosen out of over 300 entries as part of Outside-In.

Danny Smith has had his film “A Time for a Change” chosen for the prestigious Sprout Film festival in New York, which takes the cream of the worlds best films made by filmmakers with Learning disabilities.

Mark Barbers film “Wake Up in a Dream” was exhibited at the “Spirit Level Gallery” at the  Southbank Centre in London for 3 weeks as part of the “Side By Side“.

Find the groups videos from Creative Bridges in player below. There are many more films on Shadowlight Artists Youtube Channel

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Shadowlight Artists in the news

Oxford Mail September 08   Oxford Mail July 09  Russell Aug 10

Oxford Mail October 2011  Oxford Mail November 2011  Oxford Mail August 2012  Oxford Times August 2012 Oxford Mail December 2014

Oxford Mail July 2015  Oxford Mail December 2015

Oxford Mail Jan 2016 Oxford Mail August 2016

Disability Arts online review August 16

Oxford Guardian October 2016  

Oxford Mail Feb 17  Shape Arts Blog April 17 


Chris Oakley Lead Artists supporting Shadowlight Artists

Shadowlight Artists Profile on Disability Arts International

Shadowlight Artists on Media Trusts Website

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Some of the group were recently interviewed for local TV


Many Thanks also to St Michaels and All Saints Trust for their support to the Shadowlight Artists

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