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National Diversity Award 2013

I was so thilled to be awarded The National Diversity Award 2013 - Positive Role Model for Disability at a glittering Gala Award Event in Leeds on 20th Sept.

Multi Gold Medalist Paralympic Tennis player Peter Norfolk presented the Award to which was sponsered by Transport for London.

On presenting the Award the Judges said:

Winner of the National Diversity Awards 2013 - Positive Role Model Award for Disability

Rachel Gadsden is nothing short of an inspiration and serves as the ideal positive role model for disabled people. An internationally acclaimed contemporary artist, Rachel has battled successfully against a potentially life limiting illness to produce works of art that are applauded worldwide. Featured by the likes of the Observer and the Arts Council, Rachel’s work and inspiration has been showcased across the world – Qatar, Bahrain and South Africa being good examples – where she has helped local people understand the power of art. Her work is underpinned by the notions held around disability, balanced by positivity. Rachel’s artistic practice exemplifies the importance of the right to the freedom of expression, addressing issues relating to disability and thereby contributing to the bigger picture of bringing cultural change to our society.

It was such a fabulous night and I was very thrilled and surprised to win, and overwhelmed to be celebrating with so many inspirational people who are all contributing to a cultural change in our society

Posted by Rachel Gadsden, 02:10pm 09/10/13

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