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Published: 6 November 2009
Art in Hyde Park: Steven Chambers helping to promote the work of MFPA
Success on the cards
for artists

DON'T mistake Foot and Mouth
for Mouth and Foot.

The former is a highly contagious and viral disease but the latter is a talented collective of artists who have been showing their work off at their own dedicated Bayswater gallery.
Formed by Erich Stegmann, a polio victim who lost the use of his hands in 1956, the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) promotes the work of similarly disabled artists.
The group soon became a worldwide art movement, with all the money from shows and sales put towards forming a self-help association.
Among the artists are Trevor Wells, paralysed from the neck down after a rugby accident, and Steven Chambers, who was born with a muscle-wasting disease and is unable to use his hands.
Their best work can be seen at their gallery in Inverness Place and they have just released their latest designs for Christmas cards and a pocket calendar for next year.
To see the new set of cards or for more information visit: www.mfpa.co.uk

Characters switch from Yellow Brick
to Abbey Road

DID Dorothy et al forget their instructions?
There aren’t too many yellow bricks in the famous Abbey Road zebra crossing, but then again, this time the hapless cast weren’t trying to get to Oz.
Beloved characters from the famous film including Toto the dog, the cowardly lion, the tin man and the scarecrow were in the capital to celebrate 70 years since it appeared on our screens.
As well as Abbey Road their sightseeing tour took them on the underground, to Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and the Houses of Parliament. Very good. Although, given it was Halloween just last week, Diary was saddened by the
no-show from the wicked witch.

Merry psychedelic Christmas to you!

CARNABY Street has been a hallucinogenic sort of place ever since chemicals became recreational.
Many a Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds vision has been born in the countless unhinged minds that have passed through the iconic street.
And this Christmas there will be a few more because the festive lights will be taking a psychedelic turn to launch Carnaby’s 50th anniversary.
To launch the decorations, which will include (see left)
six-metre high pink reindeers – I thought Santa was supposed to take the substances – and brightly coloured Christmas trees, there will be an open air 1960s swinging disco next Tuesday evening.
Revellers will be bathed in a haze of pillar box red, bright yellow, acid green and purple.
Paul Dart from the James Glancy Design Agency, the creator of the psychedelic Christmas, spells out his thinking.
“A psychedelic Christmas is a fond homage to the 50th birthday of Carnaby as it was the birthplace of the explosion of British fashion design and its vitality still invigorates the design world today.”
The launch event is at 6pm and will include a live DJ set from Acid Jazz legend Eddie Piller.
For more information visit carnaby.co.uk

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