This September Bloc Projects is launching Harsh Light, a series of webinars aimed at exploring the changing role and work of the visual arts in unprecedented times. Through conversation and different points of view, Harsh Light will look at the discrepancies between arts sector frameworks and arts worker lives.
"The series feels through reverberations of different kinds in 2020: of pandemic, social insurrections, and arts sector strategy. Just weeks after Arts Council England (ACE) released its 10-year vision for 'a country transformed by culture', life as we knew it came to a halt in the UK. This has been accompanied by political movements worldwide, the most salient of which – for the British art world(s), at least – has been the Black Lives Matter movement. As we are living the throes of interlinking health and social crises, what do ACE’s four investment principles of inclusivity and relevance, ambition and quality, dynamism, and environmental responsibility now mean?"
For the final webinar, join Sheryll Catto, Co-Director at ActionSpace, artist Thompson Hall, and Charlotte Hollinshead, Artist Facilitator at ActionSpace.
ActionSpace is a London based visual arts organisation that supports artists with learning disabilities and creates innovative projects for people with learning disabilities to engage with the visual arts. They have previously worked with high profile cultural organisations such as the Royal Academy of Arts, Camden Arts Centre, The Museum of Everything, Outside In/Pallant House Gallery and The National Portrait Gallery and have helped to establish a place for artists with learning disabilities in the contemporary arts sector.
Sheryll, Thompson and Charlotte will talk with Bloc's Public Programme Coordinator Sunshine Wong about the complex, care-based approaches of the work at ActionSpace and the presumptions that unfairly prescribe the art produced by artists with disabilities.
Free, open to all. Booking essential. Accompanied by BSL interpretation.
The Zoom webinar will be recorded and available to view following the event
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