I have been curator-in-residence at MAC Birmingham via a programme run by DASH for the last year.
I am hosting a symposium day in association with the show I’ve curated at MAC Birmingham on 11th March. The show itself focusses on the Disability Arts Movement, and how art affected social change. However, I would like the symposium to cast a more critical eye, and I’ve called it ‘Slaughtering the Sacred Cows’.
Aaron Williamson will be doing a keynote speech addressing critical engagement within contemporary disability art. We’ll be having a chat with Tom Shakespeare, and some live art from Rachel Gadsden.
I want to ask people what they think the sacred cows that may need slaughtering are. Are we robust enough to criticise ourselves? Are there no-go topics which aren’t debated in Disability Arts? Do we embrace a diversity of viewpoints – or must we all be ‘on message’? Is there an impairment hierarchy? Is the social model being used correctly? Where do mental health issues and neurodiversity sit within disability arts? How do we need to subvert disability arts?
Who would you like to see chair the event? Who would you like to see speak? What would you like to see discussed?
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