AN artist from Bury is offering a glimpse into her relationship with her disabled sister in a new film.

Katherine Hollinson's Would you care to… explores her relationship with her older sibling Gemma.

It sees them navigate the complexities of life in an ableist world and a global pandemic.

The film explores the many frustrations Gemma experiences as a disabled person.

Katherine is a trained dancer and has been working as a performer for around 16 years.

She said: “I’ve always thought Gemma my sister would be a great performer, she’s very quick-witted and she’s a good singer.

“Gemma had more and more frustrations with being a disabled person in an ableist world and I thought I could make something about it.

“We started off spending a couple of afternoons a week together to see if it could work and if anything could come of it and I wanted to use my work and my platform to give her a voice.

“As Gemma has said, she doesn’t really see anyone like her on the TV except sometimes on the news which I thought was quite funny and true.

"So, I wanted to use my platform to give her voice a platform.”

The 30-minute interactive film, which includes an accompanying booklet, is the result of a five-year exploration into sisterhood, and looks at the importance of human touch, give and take, and autonomy among other things, including how Covid-19 has shifted our relationships.

The piece has been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and by Yorkshire Dance, South East Dance and The Lowry.

Katherine added: “Would you care to… has been a really personal project that has accompanied huge changes in both our lives. We hope it connects with lots of different people.

“As well as raising awareness around caring and receiving care, both Gemma and I wanted the film to give people a chance to stop and really think about those they care for.

"To take time out and even make a bookmark for them, but also to have a giggle, a sing-along, and a bit of respite from all we’ve been through over the last couple of years.”

Talent development producer for Theatre at HOME, Davinia Jokhi, added: “We’re proud to host the film and hope Would you care to… comforts and inspires in equal measure.”

Katherine said Gemma has been involved with the making of the film and it has been done completely together.

She said: “We both think it’s great and we’re really proud of what we’ve made.

“We’ve made something that I think a lot of people will be able to resonate with, people with disabilities to people who have any caring responsibilities.”

the film is fully accessible, with audio description and captioned versions, and a postal pack to connect to communities less able to access the internet.

It will be available via the HOME website at until April 1.