Disability and the Arts

Thursday, July 21, 2016

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Organised by Karl Jay-Lewin and hosted with Community Cafe, Forres

This Culture Café will focus on disability in the arts, an expansive topic to discuss in one night but host Karl has said of the evening, “The aim of this Culture Cafe event will be to encourage and stimulate conversation and generally raise the profile of disability in the arts; from access and inclusion to participation and the work of artists who identify as disabled. This is pretty huge and brings with it issues, not least categorising all conditions and impairments as as the same, but generally speaking there is still a lack of awareness and understanding, my hit is to just open it wide.”
FREE BUT ESSENTIAL TO BOOK IN ADVANCE – see ticket link below.

We will kickstart the discussions with couple of short presentations:
Aberdeenshire based artist Aminder Virdee will talk about her practice ‘ … as an ongoing investigation subverting the representation of disability.’  http://aminder-virdee.com/  
Kevin Harrison CEO of Artlink Central and Director of Creating Conversations has an extraordinary wealth of experience working working across arts and disability  and will introduce us to some of the many initiatives he has been involved in.

There will also be information on display about Euans Guide the disabled access review website and app that aims to ‘remove the fear of the unknown’ and inspire people to try new places.

As always food will play a central part in the evening, organised in partnership with the Community Cafe and Ray’s Opportunities, a charity that provides support for people with physical, hidden and learning disabilities in Forres.

For inspiration and to encourage thought have a look at:

Community Cafe, Forres
Forres House Community Centre. High St, 
IV36 1BU