Sue Austin, from Torrington, has received the funding for her live art and video using the world’s first underwater wheelchair.

Sue Austin with the world's first underwater wheelchair. Pic: Freewheeling.Sue Austin with the world's first underwater wheelchair. Pic: Freewheeling.

AN artist from Torrington has received an £8,435 grant for her groundbreaking artwork using the world's first underwater wheelchair.

Susan Austin's initial project, Creating the Spectacle!, received global attention as she performed a series of choreographer acrobatic underwater events in the wheelchair.

The project was produced by her non-profit organisation, Freewheeling, as part of the London 2012 Unlimited programme during the Olympic and Paralympic games.

Susan said: "Creating the Spectacle! really has gone global and pushed my artistic career onto another level.

Artist Sue Austin has created an underwater wheelchair which she will use in a series of choreographed acrobatic underwater events as part of the London 2012 Festival. Pic: FreewheelingArtist Sue Austin has created an underwater wheelchair which she will use in a series of choreographed acrobatic underwater events as part of the London 2012 Festival. Pic: Freewheeling

"There have been invitations to speak, show the work and perform all over the world, with many people getting in touch to say how the underwater wheelchair has changed their perspective about disability.

"We are really pleased that the most of the money was invested in the South West region to deliver the project and that the commission also attracted many partners, leading to exciting relationships with Arts Council England and Plymouth University."

Alan Davey, chief executive for the Arts Council, said: "Supporting diversity in arts and culture is the right thing to do.

"I firmly believe that artists and organisations should make work that draws upon the full range of backgrounds of our society."