( DIS ) ABILITY

Deadline: 20/06/2019  |  Published: 21/02/2019  |  Venue: TBC  |  Region: London  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Joanna Lawn

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Calling all artists who identify as disabled! As a disabled person I often find that the curation at art shows aren't very accessible to disabled people. So I, along support of a few friends, are planning a show which will be made as accessible as possible, and we want to feature art made by artists with disabilities.

What I hope to do with this show is to create a space that is designed from the very beginning to be an accessible and an inclusive space for those with disability. My goal is for people with disabilities to feel included, and for able-bodied people to experience a space that is not designed for them and to encourage them to reconsider how they could better curate shows.

Some of the alterations to the space/work I hope to make to have a more inclusive space:

  • All of the work being by any artists who are disabled (mostly those with physical disabilities)
  • All of the artworks curated to be seen from the height of a wheelchair (or at least lower than the average height used for curation)
  • Any film/sound works would be subtitled/description if the sounds for those who are deaf.  Also to be listened to on headphones/earphones with adjustable volumes so that people with different hearing abilities can hear it. This also means the space will be less noisy, which is good for anyone with anxiety/autism/noise related accessibility
  • Sculpture could be tactile for anyone who is blind or partially blind (not mandatory but would be nice)
  • A dog bowl for anyone bringing a guide dog
  • Seating area for anyone with fatigue or mobility issues
  • I also want all the work to be age appropriate for kids, because I want any age group to be able to come (for example I want my little cousin who’s 11 and is in a motorised wheelchair to be able to come)


Feel free to apply any work that is meaningful for you, even if it is not traditionally seen as 'fine art'.#

Venue UPDATE!

We have encountered a lot of obstacles with booking the Triangle exhibition space at Chelsea College of Arts), the venue that we had hoped to use. 

We are searching for alternative venues currently, but because of wanting to make sure the venue is accessible as possible it’s a slightly slower process. As a result it is likely that the show will not take place until Autumn. We are sorry for this change of plans and will understand if you an therefore unable to exhibit. Please hang in there with us as we really want to make this exhibition happen.

Dates

Because we are still in the process of booking the space, the dates are yet to be confirmed, but likely to be in Autumn. I will update the opportunity when this information is confirmed. 

About the Curators:

I'm Jo Lawn, the main organiser for this exhibtion/event. I'm currently a second year BA student studying Fine Art, and I'm managing to put on this show with the help of two other friends (one who also has a disability and the other who's father is disabled). I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which has been really disabling to me and meant that many spaces were inaccessible, which is why I'm so passionate about putting on this show. 

 

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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Anyone who identifies as being disabled (however we aim to have as many artists as possible with physical disabilities as those tend to be the ones who are excluded most)
What are the dates of the exhibition?
We are currently in the stages of booking the space, and therefore don't have specific dates yet, however the show is likely to be in Autumn.
Is there a private view / opening?
There will be a private view which is when we will get the most foot traffic of people coming in/seeing the work. There will be drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) at the event. We will do our best to have a seating space in the gallery for those who aren't able to stand for long.
What are the exhibition opening hours?
These details are yet to be confirmed, but they are likely to be 11am - 4pm.
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
Please check the event description. If you still are not clear, please send a message and we will get back to you as quickly as we can.
How many works can I submit?
You can submit multiple if you have multiple ideas, however we cannot guarantee we will have time to look at more than 2 of them
How do you decide on proposals?
We will look through all of the proposals and see what work best fits our vision of the exhibition. If you are not sure on what kind of work we want, please check the event description. Whether or not your work is chosen may also be affected by the number of applicants we have. We want to include as many artists as possible, however we do not want to over-fill the space.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
If your proposal is chosen we will get in touch with you with you as soon as possible to confirm. The exhibition will hopefully run for 1 week, so we will be in touch regarding the dates, including instillation and de-stall dates. If you do not think you will be able to be present in person for this, please see next question "Do I need to be present at the venue?"
Do I need to be present?
Ideally we would want the artist to be able to come to bring their work and help install it, however we do understand that this is not possible for everyone. If because of your disability/distance makes this not possible and you do not have a friend/family member who could come and help, we will install your work for you. However if your work is being sent to us please make sure it is packaged safely and be aware that the postage costs are your responsibility.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
We will invite disabled activists/disabled bloggers, however we cannot guarantee that any will come.
If you know anyone who has a platform/would be able to create press for this event please get in touch.
How much does it cost?
We do not charge artists to show work, however if you are able to many any small donation to help us cover the costs of putting on the show that would be much appreciated
Are there payments to artists?
Sadly we are not able to pay the artists
Where is the venue?
Venue UPDATE!

We have encountered a lot of obstacles with booking the Triangle exhibition space at Chelsea Collage of Arts), the venue that we had hoped to use.

We are searching for alternative venues currently, but because of wanting to make sure the venue is accessible as possible it’s a slightly slower process. As a result it is likely that the show will not take place until Autumn. We are sorry for this change of plans and will understand if you an therefore unable to exhibit. Please hang in there with us as we really want to make this exhibition happen.

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