Access some areas

Here are some notes from a workshop I ran with Gem Carlier of Aire Place Studios, at an excellent symposium organised by curators and PhD candidates Kerry Harker and John Wright. The symposium was organised by Kerry and John on behalf of the Artist Led Research Group, to give opportunity for urgent discussions about artist-led … More Access some areas

Welfare Imaginaries

I was pleased to have been invited to speak at the Welfare Imaginaries first seminar in a series last month. It’s great that the organisers knew about Shoddy and wanted to include a disability narrative in this project, which examines how ideas of welfare state have been constructed over time. Here are the notes of … More Welfare Imaginaries

UK Disability History Month event: Disabled people and the gallery

UK Disability History Month takes place from 22 Nov – 22 Dec. This year’s theme is Disability and Art, so I hosted Art Chat at Leeds Art Gallery on Friday 24th November, with a focus on disabled people and the Gallery. The publicity for the event said: Thinking about Leeds Art Gallery as a building and about the artworks … More UK Disability History Month event: Disabled people and the gallery

Not quiet & orderly

So, here is my presentation from this week’s Heritage Show + Tell. The rule for Show + Tell is strict: three slides, three minutes, so you have to be very disciplined! The other presentations were all really interesting and engaging. Mills and Boom: falling back in love with our textile mills by Deborah Wall from Historic England was … More Not quiet & orderly

Cut Cloth: contemporary textiles and feminism

I was delighted to be invited to contribute an essay for a publication to accompany the Cut Cloth project.  Cut Cloth contemplates the rise in popularity of art textiles and its impact on its value as a specifically feminist mode of expression. The project features an exhibition at the Portico Library in Manchester, 9th June … More Cut Cloth: contemporary textiles and feminism