Having a Disability

  • Esther Tuddenham performs 'Having a Disability'. Image by Jackie Dixon.
    Esther Tuddenham performs 'Having a Disability'. Image by Jackie Dixon.
Having a Disability
Event Information

Esther Tuddenham’s poems explore narratives from her lived experience with themes of nostalgia, shyness and self-affirmation. 

As part of building her solo spoken word practice, Esther produced a video featuring her poem Having a Disability. The performance is set in a stylised bedroom referencing Esther’s experiences of childhood – in collaboration with set designer, Jen Tran, and videographer, Jackie Dixon. 

Esther Tuddenham is an ArtLife Artist-in-Residence.

Introduced in 2019, ArtLife Residency is as a stream of our NDIS program to support artists with disability to create ambitious new works. Supported by producing staff and engagement workers, artists are provided tailored capacity-building over up-to two years to develop the artistic and producing skills to deliver new work. After participating in the general workshop stream of ArtLife, poet Esther joined ArtLife Residency in 2021 with a goal to professionalise and promote her practice.

Having a Disability was developed with support from the State Trustees Australia Foundation  Community Inclusion. 

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Performance: Having a Disability
Interview: Esther Tuddenham
Meet the Artist
  • Esther Tuddenham
    Esther Tuddenham

    Esther Tuddenham is an emerging spoken word artist. An exceptional performer and public speaker, Esther produces and performs poetry and also often speaks on behalf of the ArtLife program at events and exhibition openings. Esther performed her spoken word for Due West Arts Festival and Synthetic Heat in 2019, an evening of performed poetry, prose, and graphic storytelling, co-curated by Eloise Grills and Ellena Savage. She is also a part of Jolt Arts ensemble, The Amplified Elephants, with whom she infuses spoken word with synthesisers, creating unique collaborations at local and international venues.