With house, a short, white woman wearing bright orange work trousers, a grey jumper, orange and grey baseball cap and sunglasses stands tilted to the side held up by silver and grey crutches held in her hands. She stands on a pebble beach without houses, people and a seagull in the background. Claire Cunningham in Beyond the Breakwater Image by Paul Blakemore courtesy of Situations

Claire Cunningham

Claire Cunningham is a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance based in Glasgow, Scotland.  A recent Factory Artist with Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf, Germany she is also an Affiliate Artist with The Place, London.

One of the UK’s most acclaimed and internationally renowned disabled artists, Cunningham’s work is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches and the exploration of the potential of her own specific physicality with a conscious rejection of traditional dance techniques (developed for non-disabled bodies).  This runs alongside a deep interest in the lived experience of disability and its implications not only as a choreographer but also in terms of societal notions of knowledge, value, connection and interdependence.  A self-identifying disabled artist, Cunningham’s work combines multiple art forms and ranges from the intimate solo show ME (Mobile/Evolution) (2009), to the large ensemble work  12  made for Candoco Dance Company.   

Art form
Performance Art
Spoken Word


Scotland, UK