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Ways of Seeing Art, Willow Weaving, and Winners…

Tate Exchange: Ways of Seeing Art

Join us in the new Tate Modern building this Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 for ‘Ways of Seeing Art’, our Tate Exchange programme focussing on art and audio description, where we’ll be exploring questions like ‘how do you ‘see’ art?’ and ‘how do we describe art to others?’

With our ‘ARMB Shortlist’ artworks on display and equipment on hand, come down any day from 12 – 6pm to try your hand at audio describing the art, or join us on Saturday for our free workshops led by blind and visually impaired artists – click here to find out more!

Tate Exchange: Art & Audio Description Symposium

Arts professionals are welcome to join us online this Friday from 1.30pm for the live broadcast of our symposium ‘Bridging the Gaps: Exploring the link Between Art & Audio Description’, part of our Tate Exchange programme ‘Ways of Seeing Art’.

We’ve gathered a panel of advocates and practitioners of audio description in conversation with curators and museum professionals to examine the gaps between access and artists, galleries and audiences. How can we work together to bridge these gaps through creative and innovative means? This is an event that will showcase the application of audio description to contemporary art. With a focus how blind and partially sighted people connect with art, we’ll explore how creativity, innovation, technology, knowledge of art and the user experience can enhance the current offer.

Click here for the livestream link and full details.

Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary: Oliver MacDonald at Turner Contemporary

As this year’s recipient of our ARMB, willow-weaving sculptor Oliver MacDonald will be artist-in-residence at Turner Contemporary, Margate from today until 7 May – drop by at any time to experience his willow-based sculptures, installations and live performances, exploring ideas of tradition, obsolescence, occupational therapy and the physicality of making.

This event is free to attend – click here for full info.

Shape Open 2017: winners announced

Thursday 2 February saw the Private View of the 2017 Shape Open exhibition ‘Power: The Politics of Disability’ and the accompanying announcement, by Open Patron Yinka Shonibare MBE, of the winning artist and the winner of the People’s Choice Award – click here to find out who they are…!

‘Help the Normals’: Speaking up + being heard at Power: The Politics of Disability – AQNB review the Shape Open

“We cannot talk about the politics of disability without also talking about the politics of ‘normal’ and the direct relationship between the two. How do we define disabled without normalizing the abled and how can we break down what feels like an unbridgeable gap between those who are struggling and those who aren’t.”

The annual Shape Open 2017 Power: The Politics of Disability at London’s Ecology Pavilion, running from January 19 until February 2, moves fluidly between activism and art, urgency and reflection; the group exhibition features work by over 40 artists, both disabled and non-disabled, engaging in a conversation often sidelined, and one that disability-led arts organization Shape Arts has been fighting back against since it began four decades ago.”

Click here to read the rest of AQNB’s review of our 2017 Open.

NDACA are seeking a web designer

The National Disability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA), a project delivered by Shape and funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, are steering towards completion: nearly 2,000 digitally-archived items, a great catalogue packed with information and images and the NDACA Wing at Buckinghamshire New University, which will also contain the repository itself.

We are looking for the right web designer that can help build create the website to build the archive – click here for a more detailed read, and to apply.

Artist profile – Angela Edmonds

London based artist Angela Edmonds studied at Watford College of Art and gained a Degree in Fine Art from the University of Hertfordshire, later completing an M.A at Middlesex University. Her work over twenty five years has spanned Drawing, Photography and Sculpture as well as teaching in Colleges and Schools.

Her early career was rooted in expressive figurative drawing, for which she won several prizes including First Prize in ‘The Hertfordshire Open’ (1988); First Prize in ‘Drawings For All’ at Gainsborough’s House, Suffolk (1992) and selection for ‘The Hunting Prizes’ (1989). Her mixed media drawings of urban or rural landscapes, have been widely exhibited in Public and Private Galleries in the UK and abroad, including The Royal Academy (1989), and Camden Arts Centre (1989). From 1989 to 1992 she undertook a three year drawing residency on the site of the Tu Shopping Centre, formerly named The Harlequin Centre, Watford, during its construction.

Click here to read Angela’s profile in full.


Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005) was one of the most innovative and irreverent artists of the 20th century. Considered the ‘godfather of Pop Art’, his collages, sculptures and prints challenged artistic convention, from the 1950s through to the Swinging Sixties and advent of ‘Cool Britannia’ in the 1990s.

Whitechapel Gallery are offering a free audio description workshop with tactile images focusing on their major exhibition of Eduardo Paolozzi.

Click here for more info.

DASH’s Awkward Bastards symposium in March 2015 was one of the first to engage with the spectrum of diversity from disability, ethnicity, sexuality, to gender and class. The Awkward Bastards return with ABsence in 2017 to consider the ways in which diverse artists and practices have been, are, or could be framed, and our collective responsibilities to our pasts and our futures.

Click here to book tickets and find out more.


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