About Claire Cunningham
Claire Cunningham is a self-identifying disabled artist and choreographer based in Glasgow. Her work combines multiple artforms and ranges from the intimate solo show ME (Mobile/Evolution) (2009), to the large ensemble work “12” made for Candoco Dance Company. In 2014 she created the solo: Give me a reason to live, inspired by the work of Dutch medieval painter Hieronymus Bosch and the role of beggars/cripples in his work, and the full length show Guide Gods, looking at the perspectives of the major Faith traditions towards the issue of disability. In 2016 she was the Artist in Residence with Perth International Arts Festival, Australia and Associate Artist at Tramway, Glasgow. From 2017 -2019 she was Factory Artist with tanzhaus NRW, Dusseldorf, Germany, and is currently an Affiliate Artist at The Place, London.
A special programme about the work of Claire Cunningham, Elvis - A Tribute in Dance was first broadcast on Radio 4 in December 2018 and subsequently rebroadcast in 2019. In 2019 Claire createdTributary, her first work for gallery spaces, performing alongside collaborator Vicky Malin, as part of the group exhibition Automatise Ambulatoire: Hysteria, Imitation, curated by Amanda Cachia for Owen’s Art Gallery, Sackville, Canada. In 2020, in collaboration with the scholar and activist Julia Watts Belser, Claire created the audio works Quanimacy, commissioned by Splayed Festival at The Place, London, and We Run Like Rivers for Theaterformen, Hannover.
In 2021 Claire was honoured for her Outstanding Artistic Development in dance at the German Dance Awards.