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Devon artists Mike Juggins had date at the Tate
By Jemima Laing
BBC Devon

Doing Bird detail
Mike Juggins submitted 15 pieces and three were chosen

"It's about spontaneity and serendipity," says Devon artist Mike Juggins, describing his painting.

And he should know about serendipity: three of his works were selected to be shown at Tate Modern in February.

It was part of a fundraiser organised by the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities.

Mike, who has dyslexia, submitted 15 works for consideration and three were chosen - one of which is his favourite painting, Doing Bird.

The one-night exhibition coincided with the publication of an article written by Mike in the British Dyslexia Association's Handbook 2010, entitled Dyslexia: Changing Perceptions.

Mike Juggins in his studio
Mike says it is every artist's dream to exhibit at the Tate

Mike, who lives in Ashburton, has had several films on the subject screened on Channel Four.

He paints extremely quickly and can complete up to three paintings in a day.

"I just put some music on, something like the Waterboys or Talvin Singh and paint to that rhythm."

"As a dyslexic person myself, I know how it feels to deal with the day-to-day difficulties such as literacy, organisation and memory," said Mike.

"I think it is vital that information and advice about dyslexia is made available in accessible formats, like video and MP3s, so that dyslexic people can find out about coping strategies and support services themselves."

Mike went to London on 8 February 2010 with his wife Liz and daughter Rosie, an art history student at Kingston University to see his work on show.

"It is fair to say that exhibiting at the Tate is what every artist dreams of and it has definitely inspired me to push on with my painting in the coming year."




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