The Jennifer Lauren Gallery held a two-week callout in April 2020 for artists that self-define as disabled and/or Deaf to submit one artwork for selection that has been made since January 2020, with no theme or art material specified. This callout culminates in this rich and vibrant online exhibition and zine: ‘Art | Unlocked | Unearthed.’
With the help of artist and adult survivor Terence Wilde and curator Lisa Slominski, we have selected the work of 30 artists from 194 submissions. As part of the funding from Manchester International Festival, five of the selected artists are Greater Manchester based – highlighted by the word *MANCHESTER.
Art provides a much-needed distraction and connection point for so many disabled and/or Deaf artists in order to combat the loneliness and isolation that many are currently facing. Many of those featured are from supported studios who are doing an incredible job to move their programming online to continue supporting disabled artists from a distance.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a work and we hope you enjoy some of the incredible art here, many from artists working out of supported studios. Supporting artist’s wellbeing is of utmost importance to me and this callout is just one way of providing a boost to artists during this time.
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