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Exploring the relationship between disability and architecture

IO: inside out
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Aims and objectives

Creating Imaginative environments

A key challenge for Inside Out is to build on the research, developments and experimentation of all the artists who have contributed to the project. We encourage you to view and listen to the issues and ideas presented by the artists on this web site. It’s the start of a new journey and program to ensure that contemporary disability and deaf arts can attract imaginative partnerships. On the way it will demonstrate how we all need to re-think the way we conceive and build our environments. This can only be achieved by sharing and respecting alternative views and equal partnerships. As disabled people all we want is access and independence. As disabled performer Sue Napolitano put it in her poem ‘A Dangerous Woman’: “I want to live in the pulse-hot-thick-of-it, where the nights jive, where the streets hum.” Inside Out is your opportunity to work collaboratively with us. We want disabled peoples voices to be heard and respected. If we move towards a shared and honest approach to our built environment then it will be more accessible to disabled people. It is not simply about addressing access as an adaptation or functional requirement, but as a creative integral part of the design. What is clear is that disabled peoples choices, rights and liberties have not been seen as a priority. Freedom and access to the built environment and society as a whole, have been consistently denied. Disabled people’s experiences provide a valuable insight into the every day barriers we encounter. Disabled artists have a competitive edge on other artists because they have to find creative solutions on a daily basis, to get from A to B, or simply to be acknowledged. Disabled people face many layers of discrimination and disabling barriers in society. Inside Out stands as an unequivocal response to the appalling environments imposed on disabled people.

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