At The Table
A unique collection of 14 pieces of work across a range of artforms
Online Private View
8 October 6.30-7.30pm
You are invited to a live online private view
Disabled artists from the North East working across a range of art forms including visual art, photography, animation, poetry, spoken word, podcast, comedy, theatre, film, soundscape, visual vernacular, co-creation and sculpture present a unique online exhibition.
We are inviting you to a private view - drinks and nibbles from your home bar - to come and hear a bit about the work of the collective, about the artists, about our plans for a regional artistic takeover and then to have an exclusive premiere view of the work which will then remain online for a few weeks. So come on book a ticket for a lovely live online gathering - links to a treasure box of different and diverse works, and then help us spread the work around the virtual world.
BSL, audio description, transcripts and captions included.
It's free but booking is essential https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/123035298891
At The Table
Apparently there is a table.
Some people know that they automatically have seats there -
they don't hesitate to sit down,
taking up their place.
A place of power.
Some other people are invited to the table,
to sit there regularly and be part of the conversations,
the planning, the decisions, and the privilege.
And there are some people occasionally invited
to sit at the table to talk about their specificity -
it's regarded as 'different' from the core inhabitants of the table.
There is another group of people,
a majority of disabled people who still
have no idea where the table is,
don't know what the table looks like
or even if there is just one table.
Maybe there are more.
Where do you sit?
Telling the Truth About Who We Are As a Society
Lockdown and the pandemic have highlighted a number of societal anomolies in equality, and who gets a place at the table is most definitely one of them. It is clear that the table, how people get a place, who holds power and how it is used require rigorous restructuring to break free from preserving an outdated status quo, ensuring that pre-existing codes around the status of some citizens are challenged and that no one is perceived as a lower status 'minority' with less to offer. Representatives reflecting the whole of society on an equal basis need to build a new table, a new system in art and culture.
If you haven't made sure that disabled artists and practitioners with essential input, experience and expertise are part of strategic and artistic decisions about a return to the arts then you are missing out, but also not capturing this moment to change things for the better.
At the Table's main aims are threefold - we will secure and develop Disconsortia as an organisation, we will ensure Disconsortia has a strageic role as a voice for disabled people in the arts, and we will create artistic opportunities for artists through a commissions programme.
Gallery of 17 image descriptions:
1. Aidan Moesby is smiling over his shoulder. He has white hair and is wearing a white patterned short and glasses.
2. Bekih Bowsher is looking up at the camera and has a red scarf in her long, light brown, wavy hair. She is wearing distinct turquoise and blue eyeshadow and red lipstick. She is standing in front of a wheelchair accessibility sign.
3. An outdoor shot of Black Robin who is seated, wearing sunglasses but still squinting whilst smiling at the sun. He is wearing a black tee shirt and jacket. Short dark spiky hair.
4. A portrait of Coll Metcalfe looking peaceful and happy smiling at the camera. She has long curly hair.
5. Gobscure is in costume and mask, holding pens and paper. They are standing outside wearing a Mary Wolstencraft hooped underskirt and an origami fox mask.
6. Karen Sheader is a vision in green - green background and green jumper. She is smiling at the camera and has very short hair.
7. Kev Howard in a stylish black and white photographic portrait, He wears a black shirt and looks wistful.
8. Kim McDermottroe smiling whilst holding up the head of a puppet tiger. She is wearing a black shirt and her har is blowing in the wind.
9.Lady Kitt is in drag king costume, wearing a black top hat at an angle, and a pink moustache and eyebrows. One eyebrow is raised much higher than the other.
10. Lisette Auton is smiling at the camera. She is holding her head at the side with her hands. She is wearing a brown patterned dress and looks very happy.
11. Paul James is looking directly at the camera and smiling warmly. He is wearing a checked shirt and a flat cap. He is sitting in front of a brick wall at Live Theatre.
12. Paul Miller is smiling directly into the camera. He is wearing a blue jumper and has short brown hair.
13. This a performance photo of Pauline Heath - she is standing with knees slightly bent, leaning forward with arms outstretched, directly engaing with an audience, whoe we can't see. Behind her is a washing line pegged with photographs.
14. Sarah Crutwell is performing on stage and performing into a microphone. Her hands are animated. Her hair is an asymetrical style, longer at one side than the other. She is wearing a tee shirt which says 'Feminist AF'.
15. Simon McKeown is in happy explosive creative mode. He is smiling and has his two arms outstretched in front of him.
16. Hello Little Lady is visible from her forehead up as she looks in a mirror in a ladies toilet. She has sunglasses on the top of her head.
17. Vici Wreford-Sinnott is smiling and looking upwards, off beyond the camera. She has blond spiky hair.