Disabled entertainer set to disrupt Preston bus station as part of nationwide celebration

The bus station recently hosted another artistic intervention by Timsperspectiveart Pic: Tim Saunders

A disabled artist is set to disrupt Preston’s bus station with a surreal intervention.


Nicola Woodham is one of 31 deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists taking part in the nationwide We Are Invisible We Are Visible project Saturday, July 2, in recognition of the 102nd anniversary of the first DaDa International Exhibition

The Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library, in collaboration with Dash Disability Arts, has connected with Woodham, who creates offbeat performances with vocal improvisation, sound poetry, electronic music and digital musical instruments “etextile” worn as costumes.

Woodham’s intervention, Buffer, responds to the endless stream of requests to perform within “reasonable time” by creating vocal buffers: “Getirrr, pssst, Zzzapp, fuffff, ba bup-bup-bup, ahhhhh buffy muffy!”

Nicola Woodham performing Buffer at Cafe Oto in 2021
Nicola Woodham performed Buffer at Cafe Oto in London last year

Asked what Preston’s intervention represents, Woodham said: “My Buffer intervention meets the standard of rushing, lest I miss, calling. I suggest it creates a lot of pressure and ask “who are we doing this for?”

“This dominant route can be very difficult for people with disabilities who might need a little extra time. I call these ‘ableist calendars’. Hopefully my intervention will slow things down, create some buffer space.

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Other galleries in the North West taking part in We Are Invisible We Are Visible include Tate Liverpool, Grizedale Arts and Manchester Art Gallery.

Councilor Peter Kelly, member of the arts and culture cabinet at Preston City Council, said: “We are delighted to be part of this fantastic national project, We Are Invisible We Are Visible and are particularly pleased to be working with the artist Nicola Woodham whose intervention will take place in the brutalist architectural setting of Preston’s bus station.

The “Buffer” intervention will take place at Preston Bus Station on Saturday July 2, 2022 at 1pm and 2pm.

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