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Chris Tally Evans

"I like to give communities a voice, especially voices that don’t usually get heard. I am a multi-media artist and disability rights activist at an international level.

My work has been broadcast on both TV and radio and has toured and exhibited at home and abroad including Poland, Finland, Qatar, Canada, New Zealand and America where video work was exhibited at the Kennedy Centre, Washington DC. I am a winner of a Major Creative Wales Award." Chris Tally Evans

Chris trained as an actor at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and a theatre and voice teacher at Trinity College, London. After coming back from France in 1985 Chris worked for a number of theatre companies including Pandemonium, Moving Being, Caricature and Sherman Cymru before forming Theatre Addix which created issue based shows for young people. Chris worked in the Centre for American and English studies in Krakow, Poland, and with ImprovBoston, USA.

In 1990 Chris became a disabled person with a genetic visual impairment and became active in the disabled people's movement, speaking out against prejudice and injustice on a variety of platforms.

Chris is currently working on a number of projects. He has recently been awarded an Unlimited British Council award to work with Brazilian dance company, Dança sem Fronteiras. This project, Connection Beyond Frontiers Live / Conexões Além das Fronteiras Vivo, will see Chris travelling to São Paulo this year with the company coming to Wales in 2024.

This summer Chris will be running a development residency at the Dylan Thomas Birthplace, Swansea, to further develop his work, The Nine Lives of Thomas Cat. This will include a live / streamed event from the house.

This autumn Chris will also be developing and presenting a programme for BBC Radio Wales about the history of the Welsh disability rights movement. His new album, Cooking Blind, is now streaming on Spotify and most other platforms.

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A grey haired man and woman stand in front of a large painting with dark frame  in a white gallery space. The man, artist Chris, holds a phone up in front of the image.

'Siri the Art Critic' by Chris Tally Evans

Chris was one of 31 d/Deaf, Disabled and Neurodivergent artists to take part in the DASH award winning project: We Are Invisible We Are Visible (WAIWAV).

The artists staged Dada inspired interventions in 30 museums and galleries across Britain and Northern Ireland on 2 July 2022 only​​​​​​​, marking the 102nd anniversary of the 1st Dada International Exhibition in Berlin.

'Siri the Art Critic' took place at Glynn Vivian, Swansea

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