I have been working in art and design alongside diverse community groups since 1994 and as an Inclusive Arts Practitioner since 2010. My early experiences as a commercial artist working with marginalised groups and my MA research and teaching provide valuable insight into ways of working that drive my practice and research interests: opportunities for inclusive practices within art and design, visual communication, audience engagement and curation. See some recent activities in this field:
Inclusive Arts Practice and Research: a critical manifesto
I collaborated with Kelvin Burke, who is a member of the learning-disabled Rocket Artist group. Together we realised the design and illustrations for the book Inclusive Arts Practice and Research: A Critical Manifesto by authors Alice Fox and Hannah Macpherson, published by Routledge. It is used as a key text in many educational and cultural organisations around the world seeking an accessible, practical and rigorous guide on inclusion, art and learning disability. See a short film of some pages in the book here.
Rocket Artists supported Studio managing director of this not-for-profit CIC, set up to provide regular studio space, skills and professional development support for artists facing additional barriers due to learning, physical or neurodivergent differences. https://www.rocketartists.co.uk
Exploring Inclusive Curation: collaboration with Inclusive Artist, educator and Rocket Artist, Jane Fox to write and design this publication which was funded by University of Brighton as an outcome for the Arts Council England funded exhibition ‘Art By Johnny: exploring inclusive curation’, April 2018, Phoenix Brighton.
Past Summers exhibition Inclusive exhibition of visual arts by 3 young, emergent Rocket Artists: William Thomas, Johnny Carroll-Pell and Tom Isaacs, Sept 2018, Phoenix Brighton. Exhibition lead William Thomas (for Arts Award Silver leadership challenge) lead facilitator Layla Hignel-Tully. See a link to the exhibition press release here
Art By Johnny: exploring inclusive curation Inclusive exhibition designed to revealed the curation process and inclusive practices involved in showing artworks by young, autistic Rocket Artist, Johnny Carroll-Pell. Co-facilitator with Jane Fox. The curation team consisted of artists with and without learning disabilities. See a link to the exhibition here
Channel 3, Action 1, 2, 3! exploring inclusive film-making, exhibition, symposium and film-showing, Onca Gallery, November 2017. Culmination of a 2 year EU funded international partnership project between Rocket Artists/University of Brighton, Arts Ateliers, Amsterdam and Cuig Artists, Cork. Co-facilitator with Jane Fox. See the link to the project films here
It’s a Wrap Inclusive Performance by artists with and without learning disabilities, Tate Modern, artistic director, Alice Fox, 1st June 2015. Performer and Rocket Artist co-ordinator. This performance launched the publication of Inclusive Arts, Practice and Research publication and an associated symposium brought leading activists, practitioners, educators, artists and stakeholders together to formulate actions towards an inclusive society. See film of the performance here
Side by Side: learning disability, art & collaboration An exhibition and symposium funded by Arts Council England in partnership between Southbank Centre, University of Brighton and Rocket Artists. This exhibition and symposium showcased an international picture of what Inclusive Arts looked like at the time, with over 40 arts organisations from around the world, at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London, March 2013.