Not Going back to Normal have been commissioned by a group of Scottish visual art organisations to produce a provocation about the exclusion of disabled artists.
They want help us write a radical manifesto for and by disabled artists. Show them what you want the arts in Scotland to be like for disabled artists and audiences.
Here are some questions to start you off:
• What would art be like if it was always centred on disabled people?
• How is art in Scotland set up to exclude disabled people, and how would you change that?
• Can art ever include disabled people in a society that excludes us?
• How has the pandemic changed things, and what has it made more clearer?
• If you could say anything to Creative Scotland and the institutions they support, what would it be?
Your submission could be a painting, a poem, a page from a journal, a collage, a doodle, a three-minute rant – whatever you want to say, however you want to say it.
They follow the social and affirmative model of disability which shows that it is the barriers and attitudes in an ableist society which disable and exclude us. They will not accept submissions which express prejudice and discrimination, and reserve the right to refuse submissions.
This project is for all artists, at any level of experience, who identify as Disabled, D/deaf, chronically ill, neurodiverse, crip, mad, sick, spoonie or otherwise.
29th June 2020.
Submissions will be displayed in an online gallery as a crowdsourced disabled artists manifesto. A fee of £25 will be paid for work displayed online, and a further £50 for work included in the print publication of the manifesto, which will be produced and circulated to galleries, funders and government cultural bodies. Fees can be paid as a store voucher or by another method if needed.
“Not Going Back to Normal” is a project by Sasha Saben Callaghan and Harry Josephine Giles, commissioned collectively by Arika, Artlink, CCA, Collective, DCA, Glasgow School of Art Exhibitions, Project Ability and the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, and funded by Creative Scotland and Engage.