Student wins award for artwork highlighting experiences with dyslexia

Thursday, 19 April 2018


A student at Oxford Brookes University has won an award for her socially engaged artwork which highlights her personal experiences of dyslexia.

Alice Floyd, who is studying a Masters degree in Social Sculpture and Connective Practice, won the People’s Choice Award at Shape Open 2018.

Shape Open, hosted by Shape Arts, is an annual exhibition of artwork by disabled and non-disabled artists created in response to a disability-related theme. The exhibition provides space where the artists can exchange views and ideas about issues and topics which are often side- lined within artistic debate. 

Alice’s artwork captured the attention of Shape Open attendees. The work is a series of artist’s books titled How to feel morality superior to me and know how to show it by Alice Floyd (Practicing Dyslexic) RED PEN.

Alice said: “I made 25 artist’s books describing how I've felt judged for my spelling. I sent them out, asking the recipients to make corrections using red pen. I then experimented with superimposing the corrections to create a kind of map of their combined impact.

“Correcting someone’s work literally obscures their self-expression. The collective criticism of the red pen builds up, eventually silencing me. Layered onto each other, the marks become meaningless and this is one aspect of the way I experience my disability. By highlighting how being constantly corrected causes me to suffer, paradoxically I’m able to give myself a voice!”

Alice-Floyd-Shape-Open-project-800x450More about Alice’s project can be found at

Alice’s Major Project will be part of the Masters in Social Sculpture and Connective Practice Festival in mid-September this year. 
Information about studying Social Sculpture and Connective Practice or Fine Art at Oxford Brookes University can be found on the School of Arts webpages.

Image credit: Rachel Cherry