SIDE by SIDE LEARNING DISABILITY, ART AND COLLABORATION
Saturday 16 March – Friday 5 April 2013
Image: Rockets mean business, Photograph by Peter Gates, 2012
The Rocket Artists, in partnership with Southbank Centre and the University of Brighton, present Side by Side – an international exhibition showcasing learning disability, art and collaboration.
Directed by Alice Fox this is the first international exhibition in the UK to feature paintings, drawings, sculptures, films, animation, music, installations and performance that have been created and curated by artists with learning disabilities working side-by-side with their non-disabled collaborators. There are 30 contributing organisations from around the world including the Rocket Artists, Project ArtWorks, Corali Dance Company, Jump Cuts, Kunstwerkplaats, Mayfield Arts, Heart n Soul, TVGlad, Inventura, Project Ability, Arthouse Meath, Barner 16, Restless Dance, Anna Cady, Stopgap Dance and KCat Inclusive Arts. The Stay Up Late Jukebox features over 80 inclusive bands.
Venue: Spirit Level at Royal Festival Hall,
Time: 10am-11pm daily.
Entry is free.
Friday 15 March 2013, 1-3pm or 6-8pm
The Rocket Artists and Corali Dance Company will present a new performance inspired by the exhibits at 2pm and 7pm during the opening. Free
‘A celebration of Inclusive Arts Practice; Artists with and without learning disabilities establishing a collaborative practice for making contemporary artworks that challenge cultural values and combat social segregation’ Alice Fox
The SIDE by SIDE exhibition presents a collection of high quality contemporary paintings, drawings, sculptures, films, animation, music, installations and performance. It invites you to look, hear and experience a selection of specially curated artworks and presents an inside view of how inclusive arts can and has changed our worlds.
The artworks on display have been achieved through skillful creative partnerships between artists with learning disabilities and their non-disabled collaborators.
"It is through these creative meeting points that the gift of a new perspective on the world can be offered and the true humanity of the artists involved can be witnessed." Alice Fox.
Alice Fox founded the Rocket Artist group 10 years ago, since then they have been making contemporary works together and asking questions about collaboration, art and inclusion, more recently with staff and students from the MA Inclusive Arts Practice at the University of Brighton through arts-based research. SIDE by SIDE is an invitation for more people to join the conversation.
"Arts-based inquiry is uniquely positioned as a methodology for radical, ethical and revolutionary research that is futuristic, socially responsible,and useful in addressing social inequities." (Finley, 2009)
Date: Friday 15 March 2013 1-3pm or 6-8pm
Visit Southbank Centre website for booking information.