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Cultural Commission: Sandra Alland

Sandra is a writer, filmmaker, interdisciplinary artist and performer. Her work has been published and presented throughout the UK, North America and Europe. Sandra has recently been added to Queen Mary University of London's Archive of the Now.

Sandra's poetic love-affair with voice-activated software and disability poetics, Naturally Speaking (espresso, Toronto), is co-winner of Canada's 2013 bpNichol Chapbook Award. She has published two other books of poetryand a chapbook of short fiction.

Since 2009, Sandra has curated Scotland's cabaret and visual arts project, Cachín Cachán Cachunga! and SEEP.She also programmed the multimedia film-based event, Who's Your Dandy? in association with Edinburgh Filmhouse in 2014.


In 2013, Sandra was awarded an arts commission from the LGBT History Month Cultural Commissions Fund (Creative Scotland), to mentor six new queer & trans* deaf and disabled filmmakers, and create new documentary work. The films have screened in Stirling, Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, Leeds, Stockholm and Berlin. Read more about the QTDD Video Project.

Sandra has had major exhibitions and screenings in Birmingham (mac), Glasgow (Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art) and Stirling (macrobert). Her group shows include Berlin's Schwules Museum and London's Tate Modern. Sandra's short films have shown at galleries and events in Scotland, England, Europe, Canada, and the US. 

I'm Not Your Inspiration.

(and Sandra's Queer & Trans* Deaf & Disabled Video Project)

“The most engaging aspect of the exhibition is a pair of films by Sandra Alland in which some artists frankly detail their experiences as a queer or disabled individual.”

The Student (Edinburgh), April 2014

“...a necessary counterpoint to the clichés and condescension disabled people at times experience... antidote and celebration in one, staying away from inspiration-pornography and stereotypes while fostering a diverse selection of homegrown talent.”

The Skinny (Glasgow/Edinburgh), April 2013




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