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Ciara O'Connor: 'The day I became an accidental activist'

When wheelchair-user Ciara O'Connor shared a bad personal experience on Instagram, she didn't expect social media to erupt

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Stock photo: Chris Ratcliffe/PA

Stock photo: Chris Ratcliffe/PA

Stock photo: Chris Ratcliffe/PA

Last week, I found myself in the middle of a Twitter storm. I went to an exhibition at London's Tate Modern by Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. It was a collection of interactive installations which played with water, light, flame and mirrors. It was meant to emphasise bodily experience, facilitate social interaction and inspire real world action.

When I got to the final installation, Your Spiral View, an eight- metre tunnel in which visitors find themselves within a kaleidoscope, it had two steps into it, so it was a no-go for me.

My friend Alice was determined, though. She felt sure we were missing something, that surely the Tate had made provision for the likes of little ol' wheelchairy me. After all, as the director of exhibitions reminded me days later, they are one of the top-10 most accessible tourist attractions in the city.


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