New international digital platform ‘Art et al.’ showcasing curated work by neurodiverse artists from across the UK and Australia

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Art et al is an international inclusive curatorial platform of collaborations between artists from supported studios, peers, and arts professionals, that features new commissions and conversations amplifying diverse voices and creative practices.

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Curating Collections – Antidote

Art et al is an international inclusive curatorial platform of collaborations between artists from supported studios, peers, and arts professionals, that features new commissions and conversations amplifying diverse voices and creative practices.

Art et al. founded by Sim Luttin and Arts Project Australia (Northcote); Jennifer Lauren Gallery (Manchester); and Slominski Projects (London) is a new website publishing commissioned writing, original multi-media content, and both digital and  in-person exhibitions, expanding the scope, role, and definition of contemporary art.

The founding partners identified a need for more inclusive programming and access  points into the contemporary arts sector for neurodivergent, intellectually, and learning disabled artists to be seen,  heard, and participate. Art et al. is shaped by Australian and UK advisory groups of artists who self-identify as  neurodivergent, and intellectually or learning disabled and provide essential feedback for the cross-cultural growth of  the platform.

The platform features Art et al.’s first iteration of Curating Collections: Antidote – a commissioned  presentation by artist Michael Camakaris (Arts Project Australia, Northcote) and the Cranford Collection, one of  Europe’s most significant private collections of contemporary art. Other highlights this month include texts by Double Negative Editor Mike Pinnington and  Ella Fleck; an interview between Sophia Cosmadopoulos and American  artist Melvin Way; and the debut of the  Peer to Peer commissions series with a collaborative project between Australian artist Alasdair McLuckie and Manchester artist David James.
The launch also debuted a Peer to Peer commissions series with a collaborative project between  artists Alasdair McLuckie (Sydney), represented by Mothers Tank Station, Dublin and David James (Venture Arts,  Manchester).

Art et al. is an ongoing initiative and will be releasing original content monthly. Forthcoming includes a  text by Tiarney Miekus on Eden Kotting (Project Artworks, Hastings) and an interview with Monica Valentine from the  renowned studio, Creative Growth (Oakland, CA).

In addition to its new commissions, Art et al. provides resources and recommended reading relating to inclusivity and  neurodiversity in the visual arts. It also includes a comprehensive list of the UK and Australian supported studios and  #MondayMuse is a curated open call opportunity for neurodivergent artists. Externally, Art et al. offers advisory and  facilitates organisational partnerships for inclusive practices in the contemporary arts sector. Art et al. will present  an exhibition in London with support of the Australian Government and the British Council as part of the UK/Australia  Season. The exhibition details will be announced in the summer of 2021.

Designed for everyone from curators and institutional leaders to aspiring and established artists, Art et al. is a  collaborative stage to explore and learn about international artists working from supported studios, expanding their  participation and representation in the contemporary arts ecology. Initial content is primarily focused on the artistic  exchange between the UK and Australia broadening further internationally in 2022.

The Art et al. site has launched with a raft of accessibility measures in place including the YouAccess widget;  downloadable Easy Reads; BSL (ASL) interpretation; audio translations, video captioning and FAQs to assist in  explaining any language that may be difficult to understand.


Visit www.artetal.org