The Walkie Talkies

Walkie Talkie Project Michelle Baharier
20/04/2021 admin 0 Comments

A series of 10 digital collages from the 8th June via Disability Arts Online

“Hold tight!” if you can remember that saying, remember the conductors? They used to shout just before the bus moved, lots of people would be holding on, swaying to and fro.

The Walkie-Talkies is an artwork by socially engaged artist Michelle Baharier. She works with a number of community groups and based on a poem by David Morris called the Route master race. David was a disabled wheelchair user unable to use buses. Ultimately excluded from London life. The works explore inclusion on public transport, this experience of the route master, the double-decker bus and David’s poem.

Walkie Talkie Project Michelle Baharier

Ten digital collages will track the absurd, the unfortunate and the ordinariness of our bus journeys through the perspective of those who have used and worked on the London buses. The collages will convey a range of experience, including the experience of differently abled people’s ability to use public transport. Including pensioners who display additional disabilities.

Michelle is working with the Golden Oldies, Southwark Irish Pensioners and Southwark Pensioners. The project will prioritise on the number one bus which used to go from Penge to Woodgreen (now from Canada water to Tottenham Court Road, with the 176 taking part of its original route).

Released as a series of 10 collages, these will be available for free via the Disability Arts Online website. On 8th June 2 collages will be released every week. Enjoy and listen on the go (perhaps on the bus yourself) via any device.

All aboard, hold tight, look forward seeing you on the bus ride…

Artist Statement

Miss Havisham
Miss Havisham is a character in Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations.

Read more about Michelles body of work in her Artist Statement here. Michelle Baharier studied at The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL and the University of the Arts and works as a contemporary multidisciplinary artist. Her work focuses on the human condition and includes survival and thriving mechanisms. Michelle has been an art for as long as she can remember. She triumphs through the world with severe Dyslexia.

Artwork Credits Include…

Her work includes Miss Haversham’s wedding dress made for the bicentenary of Charles Dickens; Bethlehem Museum (2020), The London Alternative Fashion Show, Art Academy (Woolworth rd) and The Largactyl Shuffle; an art and story based walk led by yellow ribbons from Mausdley Hospital to the Tate Modern.

Previous work has been presented at multiple venues/events including The Welcome Collection. She has been awarded the Julian Sullivan award for art and the Natwest Bank Award For Art (1999). As Artistic Director at CoolTan Arts, she won twenty seven awards for their work as a mental health and arts charity.

Michelle also runs a vibrant youtube channel featuring her poetry.

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