Wed 1st Dec 6pm
Why Bother? The Art of Disability: Practice Does Not Make the Perfect (Disrupting Bodies)
As part of Disability History Month the University of Wolverhampton is delighted to present an online talk with Dr Paul Darke, British academic, artist, filmmaker, podcaster and disability rights activist.
In this presentation Dr Darke explores how the disabled body is hidden yet visible all around us. Looking at his recent publication on Disability and Postage stamps Dr Darke talks us through the disruption, fear, and revolution that the last avant garde of disability offers as a revolutionary threat to the idea of normality. With reference to his own career and the history of Disability Art (and film and popular culture) Dr Darke identifies the changing history of disability in culture, politics and, above all, art and why we should, or should not, bother creating (be you disabled or not).
Booking link: https://pauldarke.eventbrite.co.uk
Mon 6th Dec 4pm
How a Manchester Gallery Supports Disabled and Neurodivergent Artists
As part of Disability History Month the University of Wolverhampton is delighted to present an online talk with Jennifer Gilbert of Jennifer Lauren Gallery, Manchester.
In this talk Jennifer will discuss how she works with and supports disabled, neurodivergent and self-taught artists both nationally and internationally. Alongside the Gallery, Jennifer is a producer, curator and mentor working with this group of artists, to extend their professional development, help share their voices, and grow the recognition that they deserve.
Jennifer Gilbert is a Manchester-based gallerist, freelance producer, and curator, working with self-taught, disabled, and overlooked artists. In 2017 she launched the Jennifer Lauren Gallery to showcase artists internationally, having previously managed a national arts charity for under-represented artists. Jennifer is passionate about promoting the voices and artworks of these artists to wider audiences, allowing their true artistic language to shine. Through her work, Jennifer hopes to: demystify what is regarded as art, continue to challenge the stigma surrounding this field, and to re-look at how work is displayed and written about within contemporary art.
Booking link: https://jennifergilbert.eventbrite.co.uk
Mon 13th Dec 6pm
The Art of Disability History: A personal view through NDACA
As part of Disability History Month the University of Wolverhampton is delighted to present an online talk with Tony Heaton OBE.
NDACA is the heritage story of the Disability Arts Movement. The story of a group of disabled people and their allies who broke down barriers, helped change the law with the Disability Discrimination Act of 1995, and made great culture and art about those struggles.
Tony Heaton OBE is a sculptor, Chair of Shape Arts and Consultant/Advisor to many cultural organisations, including the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries.
He initiated NDACA – the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive.
His ‘Monument to the Unintended Performer’ was installed on the Big 4 at Channel 4 TV in celebration of the 2012 Paralympics.
Awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, 2013, for services to the arts and disability arts movement and has an Alumni Award from Lancaster University and honorary Doctorates from both the University of Leicester and Buckinghamshire New University.
Image Credit: Rachel Cherry
Booking link: https://theartofdisabilityhistory.eventbrite.co.uk
Tue 14th Dec 2pm
It’s An Artist’s Life – Talk with Tanya Raabe-Webber
As part of Disability History Month the University of Wolverhampton is delighted to present an online talk with artist Tanya Raabe-Webber.
A personal journey of the life and times of a living Artist. Living and working through the 80’s to present day acclaimed disabled artist Tanya Raabe-Webber shares her story and her history of art through historical news clippings and visual artworks that document a disabled artists life.
Tanya Raabe-Webber is an acclaimed disabled/visual artist challenging the notion of identity within contemporary portraiture, often creating portraits of high profile disabled and diverse people during live sittings in high profile public art galleries and venues. She uses a mixture of traditional and digital painting and drawing techniques, often fusing the two together in interactive live environments. Her most recent projects include working with Apple, National Portrait Gallery and BMAG. In 2015 she set up ArtStudio01 (AS01): an inclusive artists collective in Shrewsbury now supporting 7 learning disabled artists in their creative and professional practice in an online studio space. She is presently developing new work portraits in the landscapes of Shropshire called Country Side Special, Arts Council England / Lottery Funded. Along with her new work online, and launching soon Tanya’s Studios.
Booking link: https://itsanartistslife.eventbrite.co.uk