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Michelle Baharier/ Self-Portrait

Michelle Baharier, is an acclaimed award wining graduate of The Slade School of Fine Art, London, she exhibits her work internationally. A multidisciplinary visual artist whose artistic practice is strongly influenced by her lived experience of disability, resulting in paintings and participatory art/performative events, inclusive to all. Her oeuvre includes colourful and expressive paintings, portraits, collages, poetry photography, phone-drawings storytelling-performance and digital/video. She aims to break down barriers concrete and spiritual faced by people, explores our hearts not a head response to the world around us, with a view to advance equal rights.

Baharier’s awards include: Arts council England, Responsa Foundation, Equality Works,and others for her work. She is an artist member of: The Bethlem Gallery, Artists collective, The Bookery Gallerie, The sharp Gallery, She is a member of the IN/Visible Disabled Women's Arts Collective, South London Women artists, Outside-in and is a blogger for Disability Arts on line. Her Published poetry is available in the poetry Library 


Baharier is a trailblazer, she has Dyslexia/Neurodiversity. She Founded the Charity CoolTan Arts, run by and for disabled people. During her tenure from 1993 – 2016, she won twenty -seven prestigious awards, demonstrating her commitment to changing barriers and discrimination.


Currently she is currently commissioned by the London Transport Museum and Tuff gallery. She has won an award with AXIS Arts in April 2024. Her work is held in a number of public institutions collections.


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