People who become disabled suffer far more than just loss of physical mobility. Loss
of livelihood, reduced self-esteem, curtailed social life and a sense of isolation
are just some of the issues which have to be tackled.
The Society for Disabled Artists (SODA) aims to help meet these needs. Most disabled
people find that working with pen, pencil, brush, ink and paint, even if they have
never done it before, is not only an absorbing pastime, but also a vital form of
self-expression. If they can join a group of like-minded people on a regular basis,
they not only form new friendships but also improve their technique and enjoy their
art even more.
SODA has Groups across the country for disabled artists to join which meet regularly
throughout the year. While Groups are the core of our work, SODA also welcomes individual
members, some of whom later form groups in their home area. In addition to regular
meetings SODA also holds an annual National Exhibition, which gives members a chance
to exhibit and sell their work. There is also an annual week-long Painting Holiday
Conference for members. Also a magazine free to all members