Ananya Rao-Middleton
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Ananya Rao-Middleton

IllustratorLondon, United Kingdom
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Ananya Rao-Middleton
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Ananya Rao-Middleton

IllustratorLondon, United Kingdom
About me
I am a disabled woc freelance illustrator and chronic illness activist who uses illustration and visual art as a tool to tell the stories of marginalised communities. Vivid, vibrant and explorative, my illustrations focus on the lived experiences of women in relation to disability, race and gender, using eye-catching colours and powerful affirmations to bring my work to life. I think that illustration is a powerful way to create action and change around important social issues that effect us.
Projects
  • Schuh Disability History Month Campaign
    Schuh Disability History Month CampaignAs a part of Disability History Month, Schuh partnered with me to produce a piece of artwork that focused on what DHM meant to me and what we can learn from it. I focused on the idea of using it as a way for allies to continue support for disabled people and the issues we face.
  • Instagram x United Nations - Disability History Month
    Instagram x United Nations - Disability History MonthInstagram and the UN partnered with me to create two illustrations in honour of Disability History Month 2020. They asked me to think about what Disability History Month meant to me and how to represent this in my illustrations for the project. I choose to centre the idea of 'community' in my work for this project because of the centrality of the disabled community in my life after being diagnosed with two chronic illnesses and how that connectivity creates collective healing amongst us.
  • UK Parliament children's book celebrating Disability History Month
    UK Parliament children's book celebrating Disability History MonthTo celebrate Disability History Month, UK Parliament partnered with me to create a free downloadable book showcasing the lives of influential disability activists throughout history. Working with the UK Parliament enabled me to delve into the exciting, varied and powerful lives of UK figures who have stood out in making a difference in the lives of disabled people.
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Work history
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    Activistschuh
     - London, United KingdomFreelance
    Schuh asked me to partner with them for their #ProudToBeMe campaign to honour International Women's Day and Women's History Month 2021. Visit Schuh’s website or social media channels to hear me talk about my journey with chronic illness, how I use illustration as my activism, why the gender data gap is impacting women’s health and more! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhK_9Z6tp0c&feature=youtu.be
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    Illustratorschuh
     - London, United KingdomFreelance
    As a part of Disability History Month, Schuh partnered with me to produce a piece of artwork that focused on what DHM meant to me and what we can learn from it. I focused on the idea of using it as a way for allies to continue support for disabled people and the issues we face.
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