Batale FredFred Batale graduated as a visual artist from university, where he acquired knowledge, skills and experience in working with different creative methods. His artistic practices deal with themes of disability empowerment, rights, and advocacy. Given the challenges he faces in Uganda living as a person with a disability, he knows that he is not the only individual with such challenges. That is why he works to empower others like himself and educate the greater community that any one person is capable of pursuing their dreams through Disability Art Project Uganda.

Fred is the founder and director of Disability Art Project Uganda (DAPU), for which he received a Pollination Project grant. DAPU is a community of people with disabilities who come together with an aim of empowering others with disabilities to develop practical skills, confidence and fulfill creative potential.

DAPU was established to offer art and design skills to people with disabilities living on streets and slums to create unique products which in turn provide economic stability and that can help get them off the streets and to be utilized to lobby and advocate for disability rights through art projects.

To read more about Fred’s Pollination Project Grant, click here.