Not Going Back to Normal: Call for Submissions, Disabled Artists Manifesto

Closing Date: 29 June 2020

Not Going Back to Normal

Location: Scotland

Remuneration: £25 per submission, £50 more if selected for book

Description

The porcelain head of a doll stands out from a black background. The face is covered in tiny cracks and the top of the head is broken, revealing Victorian scrap paper and flowers inside. One of the doll’s eyes is ringed with pearls. It wears drop earrings and a choker decorated with a gold key.
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We want your radical art and ideas for remaking the art world by and for disabled people. We’re making a website and a book, and we’re paying for contributions.

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How many times have you heard the words “when things go back to normal”?

Before COVID-19, disabled artists were already routinely excluded from visual arts and galleries, were already often failed by the arts and cultural sector. No one has to tell us the reasons why – poverty, prejudice, stairs, forms, noisy parties, austerity, tickboxes – we all know. Same old, same old. Normal was already no use to us, and we were never normal.

We were commissioned by a group of Scottish visual art organisations to produce a provocation about the exclusion of disabled artists. Now, at a time when all of our adjustments are suddenly reasonable, the world is experiencing just a fraction of our normal, and everyone else is suddenly interested in isolation, vulnerability and distance communication, we want to hand that provocation over to you.

Because we’re not going back to normal. The world is changing, so let’s remake it with our ideas. If we want an artistic revolution, this is our chance.

Help us write a radical manifesto for and by disabled artists. Show us what you want the arts in Scotland to be like for disabled artists and audiences. Tell us what you’re pissed off about. Give us your demands. Make us a picture of a radically accessible arts world. We’re taking your demands to the bosses.

Here are some questions to start you off:
• What would art be like if it was always centred on disabled people?
• How is art in Scotland set up to exclude disabled people, and how would you change that?
• Can art ever include disabled people in a society that excludes us?
• How has the pandemic changed things, and what has it made more clearer?
• If you could say anything to Creative Scotland and the institutions they support, what would it be?

Your submission could be a painting, a poem, a page from a journal, a collage, a doodle, a three-minute rant – whatever you want to say, however you want to say it. We can accept up to four A5 sides of print, and up to 10 minutes of audio or video. If you’d like to submit in another medium, get in touch. Email your submissions to notgoingbacktonormal@gmail.com by 29th June 2020.

Submissions will be displayed in an online gallery as a crowdsourced disabled artists manifesto. A fee of £25 will be paid for work displayed online, and a further £50 for work included in the print publication of the manifesto, which will be produced and circulated to galleries, funders and government cultural bodies. Fees can be paid as a store voucher or by another method if needed.

We follow the social and affirmative model of disability which shows that it is the barriers and attitudes in an ableist society which disable and exclude us. We will not accept submissions which express prejudice and discrimination, and reserve the right to refuse submissions.

This project is for all artists, at any level of experience, who identify as Disabled, D/deaf, chronically ill, neurodiverse, crip, mad, sick, spoonie or otherwise.

We can’t wait for your ideas.

More information is available on our website.