Global Accessibility Awareness Day: Live Art: Capturing Expressions with Tanya Raabe-Webber

Head and shoulders portrait of a person with Diversity written to the left side of the image

 

Click here for Tanya’s film about the event 

Join portrait artist Tanya Raabe-Webber in celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day. You’ll explore how talking with your subject and observing their movements can reveal their essence — even in the smallest motions. Then you’ll use iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and the Procreate app to capture the diversity of human expression, before playing your work back as animations.

Join Tanya on:
Thursday 17 May  6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Apple Regent Street, London

Follow the hashtag #TodayatApple
Global Accessibility Awareness Day twitter feed: #gaad

Further details and directions are here: https://t.co/dPUx4YZBS0

 

Art as Advocacy: Inclusive Curating

Art as Advocacy is a recent study exploring inclusive and accessible approaches to curating by learning disabled artists, examining whether curating can be an effective way for this group to communicate collective political concerns out into the public realm. Via a practice-led research approach, it brought together members of self-advocacy group Halton Speak Out and members of Bluecoat’s inclusive arts project Blue Room, to curate a visual arts exhibition titled Auto Agents. These curators developed an exhibition theme, collaborated with artists, commissioned new artwork and designed accessible interpretation for audiences. This attention to the curatorial process resulted in curating not only becoming more usable by more people, but also more transparent and rigorous. By achieving this, this research delineates to understanding the processes and practices by which our cultural spaces can be democratised
This research is now featured on a website  alongside an archive of project material. Together with the thesis text, the website contains images, videos, transcripts, plans and hyperlinks illuminating the inclusive and participatory approaches underpinning the action-research project.​ Over time, additional resources, publications and a summary video will be added to this website. Please check back for updates. If you have questions or would like further information please contact Dr Jade French via j.french2@leeds.ac.uk
Link to websitewww.artasadvocacy.co.uk

New banner by Martyn Lake of Rocket Artists

Rocket Artists

Martyn Lake is a long-term member of the Rocket Artists whose practice includes collage and drawing.

He works from the Rocket Artists supported studio alongside other artists with and without learning disabilities. Martyn has exhibited artwork at ‘Side by Side’, Southbank Centre, London, through ‘Creative Minds Conference’, Brighton Dome and at Brighton Museum.

Untitled 2 by Martyn Lake (full version)
Ink on Paper
2016

For more information about Martyn’s work and the Rocket Artists please email info@rocketartists.co.uk or visit www.rocketartists.co.uk

Press Release: New Book – The Incorrigibles ~ DASH

The Incorrigibles: Perspectives on Disability Visual Arts in the 20th and 21st Centuries Book Cover

The Incorrigibles: Perspectives on Disability Visual Arts in the 20th and 21st Centuries

http://dasharts.org/projects/the-incorrigibles-perspectives-on-disability-visual-arts-in-the-20th-and-21st-centuries.html

The drive to produce this book grew out of issues raised within two of DASH’s recent projects:

1: Awkward Bastards took place in March 2015, the first in a series of conferences bringing together an array of speakers – including historians, curators and artists – to discuss a wide range of ‘diversity’ issues.
One recurring theme within the conference was around the decision, both historically and now, to self-identify (or not) as a ‘Disabled’ or ‘black’ or ‘queer’ artist. The positive and negative implications of doing so, and what these implications still tell us about the machinations and prejudices of mainstream cultural organisations, remains an ongoing important
political debate as well as a deeply personal dilemma for artists.

2: Cultivate is a bespoke mentoring project for up and coming Disabled visual artists. As mentors within the project we became acutely aware that new and emerging Disabled artists were often unaware of the history and current context for potentially aligning their practice, aspirations and identity as artists within a wider ‘Disability Arts movement’. They were also often unaware of the work and range of current Disability Arts organisations and the support and resources available to them through these channels.

We hope that this book provides the reader – Disabled or non-disabled, arts professional or generalist, community or social care worker or disability activist – with greater insight and confidence to engage with these issues, and that new dialogues will emerge as a result.
The stories and artwork in this book unite the artists and demonstrate the strong vibrant genre that is progressive and inspirational to an emerging Disability Arts landscape. We are indebted to all the artists who responded with such openness, honesty and generosity of spirit.

This book is not just about Disability Arts and culture, it is a book about artists being artists, it is about a celebration of difference, it is about the will to survive as artists, it is about humanity, it is about the fact that art unites us all as human beings and that Disability Art is here and now!

We hope that The Incorrigibles will provide a valuable contribution at this significant and fundamental point in the history of Disability Art and culture. Recognising and understanding the history of Disabled artists in the past and their position in the present will be the basis of generating new and more enlightened practices in the future.

The book is available to purchase by pre order for £10 + £2.50 p&p here:

https://pay.gocardless.com/AL0000KMGH3HBK

For alternative methods of purchasing the book please contact Paula Dower

Join us to celebrate the publication of the book at one of the upcoming launches:

  • Monday 28th November 2016, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool as part of DADAFest, 6:30pm until 7:30pm
  • Tuesday 6th December 2016, Arts Admin, London, 6:00pm until 7:30pm
  • Thursday 8th December 2016, mac Birmingham, 6:00pm until 7:30pm

These events are free but please RSVP to info@dasharts.org

Please note: for the DADAFest event, you need to book online via: http://www.dadafest.co.uk/the-festival/event/dash-arts-book-launch/

DCN Banner Art ~ Ceridwen Powell

DCN Banner Art - Mentor, by Amanda Wells

Banner Art

New banner art for DCN is by the following artist:

Amanda Wells (Ceridwen Powell) Statement and Biography

Amanda Wells Profile Picture
Amanda Wells

I am originally from West Yorkshire, and came to Mid-Wales in 1983 to study English at Aberystwyth University. I fell in love with the Mid-Wales region, and have lived in the area ever since. I moved to North Powys in 1998, where I am now very well settled, along with my dog, two ponies and two cats.

I am a keen writer and artist, and am a strong advocate of arts and creativity as a way for people and communities to thrive and heal. I have been writing for many years for my own sanity; most of my writing explores experiences of mental distress and the difficulties of surviving and navigating the mental health system. I use the pen-name Rosamund McCullain.

I am a developing visual artist, having come to art later in life, and see myself as a disabled and disability artist. I have had no formal art training but like to experiment with materials and ideas. My work explores disability, social, and environmental issues. I work in acrylic, watercolour and mixed media paintings, digital photography, small-scale clay, wire and mixed media sculptures. I am inspired by the beautiful Montgomeryshire landscape and Celtic myth and legend. I use the artist name Ceridwen Powell to reflect my adopted Welshness.

Contact Detail

e-mail: info@ceridwenpowellart.com

www.ceridwenpowellart.com

DCN Banner Art ~ Redstart Arts

Redstart DCN banner Art

What we do

Redstart Arts aims to develop and deliver visual arts for adults with learning disabilities. We act as a platform for artists with learning disabilities, enabling them to work collaboratively with creative professionals to create high quality art, installations or products that have a valued place within the visual and applied arts world.

Since forming in 2011, our programmes have aimed to foster individual creativity, develop critical thinking and challenge ideas around inclusion and acceptance.

Website: http://www.redstartarts.com/about.html