An insightful piece on disability identity
I was asked to write something for a publication accompanying a project called Figure-Process-Material, part of the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle outreach and engagement programme. This project involved a number of community groups in an educational programme that also aimed to connect people to local galleries and break down some barriers along the way.
Because I wasn’t involved in the project, I couldn’t respond directly to the project or the work being made. In fact, I almost didn’t write anything. What follows is a response to a conversation I’d had with Paul Digby, the project’s lead artist, and returns to a theme that Shoddy has been circling around, disability art.
Community arts projects which give disabled people the chance to try out new art forms, learn new techniques, and produce work for others to see have a valued role in the arts. The way they address issues of disability, however…
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