Alison Lapper was born without arms. Born on 7th April 1965 in Burton on Trent, she spent the first 17 years of her life in a hospital in Switzerland. She took up foot painting at an early age. She had to give up foot painting and switch over to mouth painting after an operation. From this time on, she concentrated very hard on her artistic education. In 1994, her name was entered in the honorary list of best students of fine arts at the University of Brighton. Since 1982 the VDMFK has supported Alison Lapper by granting her a scholarship.