Shoddy at Inkwell

Textile Art by Disabled Artists

Publication and exhibition launch
Friday 12th August, 6-8pm


The exhibition continues until Tuesday 23rd August,
open Tues-Sat 10am – 4pm

Venue: Inkwell, 31 Potternewton Lane, Leeds LS7 3LW

All welcome.
Free copies of the booklet will be available at the launch event.

Shoddy is the name for new cloth made from woollen waste and recycled fabric. This original meaning is now largely unknown, and the word has come to mean of inferior quality, shabby or broken-down. This was the starting point for a project by disabled artists working with woollen or other yarns and fabrics, or recycled and reused textile materials.

We are challenging ideas that disabled people are second-rate. Instead, we think that “shoddy” could be used to describe the government’s treatment of disabled people, with cuts to welfare benefits and public services. This is beyond shoddy, it’s a sustained attack on disabled people’s human rights.

Access: Gently ramped entrance, but please note, there is a small lip (approx 0.5”) at the threshold. Car park. Please get in touch for more information.


[email protected]

Twitter @ShoddyArts

Venue:, tel. 0113 307 0108

Thanks to Leeds Philosophical & Literary Society for funding the publication.

Shoddy is supported with funding from Leeds Inspired, part of Leeds City Council.



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