ART & ACCESSIBILITY
In this section you will find a mix of artists' moving image, interviews, and articles exploring disability and accessibility in the arts. You'll also find links to resources and organisations working to improve access to arts participation.
ONLINE EXHIBITION: Nina Thomas: Silence
Courtesy of Nina Thomas and LUX, London
"Silence (2020) by Nina Thomas explores silence, deaf experience, and language. It includes references to Alexander Graham Bell, and oralism – an approach to education which assumes speech to be superior to sign language and which forces deaf children to lip read and speak rather than sign.
Silence is commissioned by LUX as part of a new ongoing series exploring access in artists’ moving image."
ONLINE EXHIBITION: Louise Hickman and Shannon Finnegan: Captioning on Captioning
Courtesy of Louise Hickman and Shannon Finnegan and LUX, London
" Captioning on Captioning (2020) is a short film by Louise Hickman (London, UK) and Shannon Finnegan (New York City, US) in collaboration with real-time writer Jennifer (San Diego, US). The film was first conceived as a way to document the failure of speech-to-text translation work and to focus on the intimate knowledge and care required to produce access. Louise is a reader of real-time writing and a researcher of data, AI ethics, and access work. Jennifer previously worked with Louise for over eight years in San Diego. Shannon is a disabled artist who utilises and folds the collective practices of accessibility into their artwork.
Captioning on Captioning is commissioned by LUX as part of a new ongoing series exploring access in artists’ moving image."
D/deaf and Disabled Artists on Making Work Now
" Watch a recording of this live talk with poet, writer and researcher Jamie Hale and five fellow disabled artists.
They reflect on their different experiences and practices, and ask what it means to be a D/deaf or disabled artist in a pandemic.
The artists talk for 45 minutes, and then there are 15 minutes of questions and answers.
Captions are provided by Stagetext, and BSL interpretation is delivered by Michelle Wood.
A series of articles by Jamie Hale exploring ‘Art, activism and access’, and featuring all of the artists taking part in this event, is also available to read and listen to."
The Living Paintings postal library is provided free of charge to blind and partially sighted people in the UK. They offer a range of Touch to See books designed to bring the visual world to life through tactile images and audio descriptions. There is something for all ages from pre-school to adults, and for art lovers they have collections and postal packs on Works From The Tate Modern , Weather In Art, The Works of Monet, Works of Art From The Burrell Collection and more.
Click on the link above to visit their website and see how you can become a member.
THE OREGON PROJECT
Interpreting visual art with sound for a more inclusive experience
Landscape painter Keith Salmon dedicated his career to visualizing the mountains of Scotland. As his eyesight started to deteriorate, he soon realized that his art could be expressed in new ways with the help of technology and sound. Keith partnered with Microsoft Researcher Neel Joshi to build an interactive audio visual exhibit at the 9e2 festival of art and technology in Seattle that allows individuals with visual impairment, as well as those with sight, to experience the canyons of Oregon.
The short video above gives insight in to Keith Salmon's artistic practice and the development of The Oregon Project in partnership with Microsoft.
View below Keith Salmon's most recent online exhibition "Painting with Sound Exploring the Wild" made in collaboration
with audio engineers, Graham Byron and Drew Kirkland.
"Amy Rosa is an award-winning artist based in Scotland. She makes live art, intimate performance, large scale sculptural installations, writing and photographic work about her experience of the world as a Disabled woman living with multiple chronic illnesses including Fibromyalgia and complex PTSD and speaks on panels on topics such as disability, class and living with multiple barriers.
She is in a position as an artist not only to provide vital representation for those who are often sidelined but to help lead the conversation on changing how Disabled people are seen and treated by society and governments. She wants to open up conversations around access, the politics of being a disabled person in the current hostile political climate and the other intersections of modes of oppression many of us experience."
As Time Stood Still- Part Two
Project Ability, established in 1984, is a Glasgow-based visual arts organisation that creates opportunities for people with disabilities and people with lived experience of mental ill-health, aged 5 years to 80 plus, to express themselves and achieve their artistic potential.
Click on the link above to see the most recent online exhibition of work made by Project Ability artists during Lockdown 2020.
JAMES CHARLES CASTLE
The above 20 minute film highlights an exhibit of James Castle's art at the Ohio State University Urban Arts Space, Jan-Feb. 2013. "Constructing James Castle" features selections from the art of James Castle (1899-1977), a self-trained, deaf artist who spent his life in rural Idaho. This selection focuses mostly on works that demonstrate the impact of Castle's 5-year education with the Gooding (Idaho State) School for the Deaf and Blind between 1910--1915.
Castle gained recognition as an artist in the early 1950s when his nephew Bob Beach, while attending the Museum Art School in Portland, Oregon, showed his uncle’s drawings to his instructors. Castle’s work was then included in exhibitions throughout the northwest with one-person shows in 1963 and 1976 at the Boise Gallery of Art, now the Boise Art Museum.
Castle's work continues to gain recognition, exhibited internationally and collected by major institutions.