Curated Conversation: The barriers to increasing the representation of disabled artists in traditional gallery spaces

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On Friday 23 November a panel of made up of artists, producers, writers and curators will discuss what barriers disabled artists face in order to increase representation within traditional gallery spaces.

Curated Conversation, at Mac Birmingham from 2pm – 4pm, will also ask:Do disabled artists need to follow the normative path of representation? Is there room beyond the gallery to create sustainable careers for disabled artists? Where are the spaces for critique?

Curator and Outside In artist, Aidan Moesby will chair the conversation with artists and curators to unpack these provocations. The panelists are curator and writer, George Vasey; MAC visual arts producer, Jessica Litherland; and artists Sue Austin and Anna Berry. You can read more about them below.

The event is free and has open sign-up, booking is required. Please click HERE for full details and to secure a place.

Meet the panel

Aidan’s work is at the intersection of the visual arts, wellbeing and increasingly, technology. He uses the locations he occupies as a ‘Live Laboratory’ to research, develop, test and make work. Site or context-specific interventions serve as a catalyst for a socially-engaged conversation and personal or communal exploration.

Jessica Litherland has been a curator for 16 years, and is Visual Arts Producer at MAC, Birmingham’s pioneering arts complex. MAC specialises in contemporary work and making art an important part of people’s lives. Jessica originally trained as an artist gaining a BA in Fine Art before undertaking MA studies in both Critical & Contextual Visual Arts Practices and Museum Studies. She curates exhibitions of contemporary and modern art, working with a range of national and international artists. She is particularly interested in craft and applied arts, especially textiles and ceramics.

George Vasey is a curator at the Wellcome Collection and writer based between London and Saltburn by the Sea. In 2017 he co-curated the Turner Prize at Ferens Art Gallery, Hull. He has previously delivered curatorial projects for artist-led, commercial and public galleries across the UK. His writing regularly appears in art magazines and artist’s catalogues including Art Monthly, Frieze and Mousse. 

Anna Berry mostly creates socially- and politically-conscious pieces, large (sometimes kinetic) installations, and often works with paper. Very much an art-world outsider, her work is usually shown in non-gallery environments. She likes to respond to specific places and ideas. Conceptually her work often explores issues surrounding reality and experience, and by extension the nature of reality. 

Sue Austin is a multimedia, performance and installation artist. Over an extended period of time her practice has operated as a vehicle to open up a thinking space around the materiality of the wheelchair. This is being used as a metaphor to raise questions about the value of diversity to society through raising the profile of ‘difference’.


Image: Sue in the Blue, Sue Austin ©, photo: Norman Lomax

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  1. Waltraud Pospischil

    Rally support such ideas and incentives. Will network it with the organisations in Bristol I’m involved with as well as with Arkbound Foundation which I chair right now, being an Outside In artist myself.

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