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Exploring the relationship between disability and architecture

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Aims and objectives

Aims and Objectives

Disability arts and culture came to the fore in the early 1980’s as part of the emerging disability movement. There is much more to Disability Arts than simply supporting disabled people through art. Rather, it is about disabled artists’ expressing and interpreting their experiences and their relationship to the world, through their chosen media. A recurring theme is to create constructive responses to challenge negative images, stereotypes and perceptions within the media and the charitable sector. Inside Out sets out to explore ideas, problems and opinions around the built environment in the South East. Our intention is to create a dialogue between disabled artists and educators, planners, architects and commissioning bodies. We aim to posit the notion that together we can find creative solutions to practical problems. The South East England Development Agency, Arts Council England South East and Arts and Business understand that creativity and innovation are a valuable and informative driving force that puts companies at the leading edge of their competitors. And so Inside Out invites the key decision makers involved in reshaping and developing the built environment to work in partnership with disabled artists. Through developing collaborative opportunities we will explore the added value of involving disabled artists and highlight their significant contribution. This project has been developed to share and build on the celebratory and sometimes confrontational experiences of disabled people and disabled artists. The disability perspective has often been ignored, overlooked or hindered by the very people that claim to support or create environments for disabled people. As well as a resource and opportunity for creative partnerships, Inside Out plans to document disabled people’s positive and negative reactions to buildings, streets, signage, street furniture, transport systems and public art. Disabled artists are at the center of this project enabling users and potential collaborators to access these often dry issues in a fresh way.

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