We teamed up with #ToyLikeMe to bring this touring exhibition featuring differently-abled toys to hospitals around the country...

Toy Box Tales is an exhibition of 12 stunning photographic images of toys, each customised to give them diff:abilities. Through partnership with #ToyLikeMe, Paintings in Hospitals brings this touring exhibition first to York Hospital.

A young visitor viewing Toy Box Tales at York Hospital

Toy Box Tales at York Hospital. Artwork images: © #ToyLikeMe / Beth Moseley Photography. Photo: © Eloise Ross Photography

The Toy Box Tales touring exhibition aims to invigorate debate about how differently-abled children are represented in the mainstream. 150 million diff:abled children worldwide are culturally marginalised by industries that exist to entertain and educate them. But this year, the nimble-fingered modelling skills of #ToyLikeMe have created a doll-sized prosthetic leg, given Hulk a diabetic line, customised the cast of Frozen, and in homage to fashion model Winnie Harlow, present the world’s first rollerblading doll with vitiligo.

Dancer doll with balloon and prosthetic leg

© #ToyLikeMe / Beth Moseley Photography

The Toy Box Tales touring exhibition is designed specifically with children's healthcare settings in mind. To help young patients and care staff engage with the display, we provide specially-created introductory text and artwork labels.

Toy Box Tales will be on display at York Hospital until May 2019 before moving on to Scarborough General Hospital.

Visit the exhibition event page for full details...