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Artist designs hotel room highlighting daily challenges faced by the disabled

For most, spending the night away in a hotel is viewed as a treat. If you however have needs around accessibility, it can result in a rather uncomfortable and often frustrating experience. Leicester-based artist Christopher Samuel is a wheelchair user. He became homeless in 2017 and at the time was given a hotel room with unsuitable access. He recently decided to highlight the difficulties people can face when they have to stay in accommodation which is not suitable for their needs.

In his latest conceptual artwork, in conjunction with Unlimited, a programme that supports creative projects by disabled artists, he has designed a deliberately awkward and inaccessible room at the Art B&B in Blackpool.

The room brings an understanding to people about the difficulties disabled people face in everyday situations. The room is designed to cause frustration by making the simplest of tasks complicated. Features include a bed that is abnormally high, a bathroom door that won’t shut, so it gets in the way when reaching for the toilet roll and curtains that you can’t close properly.

“I knew people would find it amusing at first, but in reality when you live that every day it’s not funny any more,” he told the BBC. “It’s inconvenient, it’s frustrating, it’s humiliating at times.”

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