#LetUsIn


Our #LetUsIn campaign will support our Shape Open exhibition ‘Cumulative Effect: Disability & the welfare state’ in East London. Typically, venues and galleries offering physical and intellectual access are rare. In fact, less than half the venues we viewed in London for the Open had no basic facilities such as accessible viewing spaces or even loos.

It’s time to change this.

Now in its seventh year, the annual Shape Open call out brings recognition to emerging disabled artists whilst highlighting the often contentious issues that surround the lived experience of disability.

In a society where whole swathes of people are one minute hailed as superheroes and the next decried as benefit scroungers, the Shape Open seeks to draw out authentic and talented artistic voices, as well as creating a platform for informed debate.  Artworks are selected by a panel of industry judges, including Shape Open patron Yinka Shonibare MBE.

Why is the Open important?

The art of disabled artists has often been sidelined. Galleries and museums have kept our works away for decades on grounds of ‘taste’, ‘cultural difference’, ‘appropriateness’, uncertainties about audience appeal, and countless other reasons. Here is a sample of what we face:  

“Did you make that yourself?”

“Is there a chance you might die during the residency?”

Alongside this kind of marginalisation is the fact that most arts venues and galleries offer the bare minimum in terms of physical and intellectual access. We say it’s time to change this.

How do I get involved?

With your support we can showcase the work of a new generation of disabled artists to a waiting world.  Your support is welcome in any of the following ways: 

Attend the exhibition – pop in, bring a friend, bring a crowd, bring everyone!
Share our #LetUsIn message with at least two other people or organisations
Support our crowdfunder campaign to keep our work resourced, and to prevent exciting new talent going to waste. Every pound you donate helps towards fair and equal access to the arts.
If 5,000 people can donate the cost of a cup of coffee, we can keep the Open running for another year. This covers installation and transportation of artworks, plus the booking of an accessible space.  

We want to see the works of talented disabled artists hosted in venues of every shape and size. 

If the work is good enough to be seen – it should be seen.

Help us to open up the arts to all. Help to #LetUsIn.

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‘Cumulative Effect: Disability and the welfare state’

at Hoxton Arches, Arch 402, Cremer St, London E2 8HD

The exhibition will run from 2 November – 11 November 

10.00 – 18.00

If you have any access requirements, or would like this information in another format please contact Sara Dziadik at sara@shapearts.org.uk or 0207 424 7330.

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Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary

shapeartsThe 2019 Shape Arts Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary (ARMB), an annual award set up in memory of sculptor Adam Reynolds to support mid-career disabled artists, is now open for applications.

Now in its eleventh year, the ARMB offers this year’s successful recipient an award of £10,000 and an accompanying three-month residency with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts, Gateshead from 4 March to 31 May 2019.

The Bursary provides an opportunity for disabled artists to develop their ideas and practice without pressure to deliver a particular outcome such as finished or exhibition-ready work. The recipient of the last ARMB was sculptor Terence Birch, whose residency with Pallant House Gallery and the University of Chichester took place from February to May 2018. Previous residencies have been hosted by Turner Contemporary, MargateThe V&A, LondonThe New Art Gallery, WalsallThe Bluecoat, LiverpoolCamden Arts Centre, London and Spike Island, Bristol.

The residency will also include developing and delivering public-facing activities with BALTIC and Shape, and showing work as part of the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary Shortlist exhibition, in which all artists shortlisted for the award will be given the opportunity to participate.

Submissions deadline: 12 noon, 1 October 2018

To apply, please download and read the information pack and then complete the application form:

If you require information about this opportunity, please contact armb@shapearts.org.uk or 0207 424 7366 (voice)

Shape Open 2016/17: Submissions Open

shape open imageThe Shape Open is an annual exhibition of artwork by disabled and non-disabled artists created in response to a disability-centred theme.

Held in high-profile, artist-led spaces such as Bow Arts’ Nunnery Gallery, Portobello Gallery, Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects and our own pop-up galleries, The Open provides a space where disabled and non-disabled artists can discuss views and ideas about issues and topics which are often sidelined within artistic debate.

This year’s theme is ‘Power: The Politics of Disability’. How do we creatively challenge the language of power, politics and disability?  To what extent do we need art to be a form of political protest? Where do art, disability and politics meet?  How powerful are disabled people?

Works submitted to the exhibition should explore, conceptually, abstractly or literally, ideas on the theme ‘Power: The Politics of Disability’ and contribute to a discourse around disability, art and power. Artists are invited to submit work in 2D, 3D, video or sound form. Any artist can apply to our call for submissions and exhibitors will be selected by a panel of arts industry judges, including Shape Open patron Yinka Shonibare MBE.

To apply to show your work in the open, click here. The deadline for submissions is 12 noon, Monday 3 October 2016.

We will soon be announcing the Open’s location. For more information or to discuss the opportunity further, please contact Isabella on 020 7424 7330 (voice) or at exhibitions@shapearts.org.uk

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Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary

shapeartsShape Arts have announced that their annual Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary (ARMB), set up in memory of sculptor Adam Reynolds to support mid-career disabled artists, is now open for submissions.

This year’s successful recipient will be awarded £7,000 and a three-month residency at Turner Contemporary, Margate from February to April 2017.

The Bursary provides an opportunity for artists to develop their ideas and practice without pressure to deliver a particular outcome such as finished or exhibition-ready work. Previous residencies have been hosted by The New Art Gallery, Walsall, Camden Arts Centre, London and Spike Island, Bristol.

World-renowned sculptor Sir Antony Gormley RA commented:

“Adam was inspirational as an artist and a man – seeing his disability as a strength. This bursary is the most practical and powerful way to continue doing what Adam did to make the possible palpable.”

This year, the residency will be held in Turner Contemporary’s Clore Learning Studio, an amazing facility with floor-to-ceiling windows and a view out to the sea. The Clore Learning Studio is a public space and will be open to gallery visitors throughout the residency period.

The residency will also include developing and delivering public-facing activities with Turner Contemporary and Shape and showing work as part of the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary Shortlist exhibition.

The deadline for submissions is 1 August 2016. Please see here for details on how to apply for the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary 2016/17.