Hanging in the Balance – Nash and Selway

This summer, artist Gemma Nash has been collaborating with contemporary and historical photographer, Michele Selway, to produce ‘Hanging in the Balance’.

Made in association with Forge Woodland Residency in the Whirligig Woods, ‘Hanging in the Balance’ is a series of images symbolising the devastating impact austerity is having on disabled people in the UK.

Using wet plate processes in the remote woodland area, Nash and Selway have photographed disability related paraphernalia (such as wheelchairs and walking sticks) hanging ominously in the trees. The emptiness of these images, along with the antique process used, creates a haunting double negative. Suggesting a post apocalyptic scenario, these images depict the deep sense of threat and despair many disabled people feel about their future: A future that hangs in the balance.


“Our project has very much been inspired by Liz Crow’s ‘Figures’ and aims to carry on highlighting the deeply troubling effect of austerity through art activism.” Gemma Nash 2015


On tour…

‘Hanging in the Balance’ will be on tour across Wales in association with Disability Arts Cymru between October 2015 and June 2016 at the following venues:

• Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, Pwllheli – Nov 29th to Dec 24th 2015
• Norwegian Church, Cardiff – Jan 6th to 26th 2016
• West Wales and Mid Wales venues tbc



Wet Plate, 1 of 5
Wet Plate, 1 of 5












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Artistic technical support –
Cheryl Marney,  Jana Kennedy and Kris Gjerstad

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