Exchange 62: northern disabled artists exchange
Exchange 62 is a new initiative between Artlink Hull, Pyramid of Arts, Leeds and Venture Arts, Manchester. The programme will support a disabled artist from each of these areas to develop and lead their own exchange programme across the North of England. It is open to applications from disabled artists based in the Leeds City Region, Greater Manchester and the Humber region, with an interest in both developing their practice and networks and exploring how the sector can improve its provision for disabled people.
The three selected artists will be chosen by a panel including other disabled artists based in the North. The artist based in each city will then plan a four day exchange programme for the other two artists, supported by the respective partner organisation. How the exchange manifests itself in each city will be led by the artists, using their own budgets to explore challenges and possible ways forward to change things for disabled artists. This could vary from intensive collaborative creative work, engaging with other disabled people and activist groups or with cultural institutions around issues they face, setting up events or activity in the public realm. The only parameter being it must be collaborative work with the goal of longer-term social change.
Applications will open in autumn 2019 and the programme will run to summer 2020. A final sharing event about the programme, to be designed by the participating artists, will be held in 2020. A significant step-change in the cultural sector needs to take place in support for disabled artists. We hope this open-ended creative collaborative exchange programme can be a spark for this.
Amanda Sutton, Director of Venture Arts says: ‘We are so excited to hear this news and to be a part of this brilliant project which will see disabled artists taking the lead in building a network which will be force for change in the North’. While Creative Director of Artlink Hull, Kenn Taylor, says: “We’re really looking forward to working with our partners on this new initiative to create new, vital opportunities for disabled artists in the North of England.”
More details and information on how to apply will be released early autumn 2019. Keep checking back this page for more details.