VASW calls for disabled and neurodivergent artworkers in South West to join an Advisory Group as part of its support programme, Together We Will.
We are looking for ten disabled and neurodivergent artists and artworkers to join an Advisory Group focusing on structural challenges in our sector that disproportionately affect disabled and neurodivergent arts professionals and the public alike. The advisory group will meet online on 29 April 2021.
Although knowledge of inclusive and accessible practices is increasing in the visual arts, we are yet to see a sector where all work environments are safe and supportive to disabled and neurodivergent artists, and readily take into account diverse health and access needs. Accessibility is not limited to the formats in which we share our work or the spaces in which we gather, but also includes the ways in which we interact and pace our work, considering one another’s boundaries and capacity. The sector’s increasing reliance on online platforms also warrants broadened understandings of accessible working methods and public programming.
The key objective of the advisory group is to outline what different sector bodies need to do to provide inclusive, sensitive and supportive environments for disabled and neurodivergent artworkers and audiences.
Based on the outcomes of the Advisory Group conversations, VASW will collate all recommendations and, as part of a long-term sector development initiative, pass these on to regional arts organisations.
Each Advisory Group member will attend one meeting on 29 April 2021, and receive a stipend of £75 for their participation. The meeting will last approximately two hours and no preparation is required. The meeting will be hosted by a dedicated facilitator, who will share the outcomes of the conversations with VASW.
Further information on the full Artworker Advisory Group scheme, as part of Together We Will, and how to express your interest can be found here.