DASH are excited to announce that Disabled artist, Anna Berry will be our first curator in residence at The Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) this year.
For more information about Anna please head to her Artist Page
From 2018-2021 DASH will work with three different Galleries across the uk, including Midland Arts Centre (MAC), Birmingham and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), to provide individual residencies for three curators, who identify as Disabled looking to further their careers in the arts.
£100,000 of Arts Council Funding has been allocated to the three-year project, as part of DASH's work as a National Portfolio Organisation.
MAC is committed to working with diverse artists while also offering a varied programme that is accessible for all. Most recently they worked with Noemi Lakmaier and DASH on a year-long residency, which culminated in a venue-wide exhibition and national seminar. MAC are keen to work with a curator who will experience working across departments within the centre, from film screenings to event and exhibition planning, with a specific focus on working with collections. This aspect of the residency will be led by MAC's experienced Visual Arts Producer, Jessica Litherland, who will share her wealth of knowledge in this field.
At MIMA, the curator will work on a significant research project exploring depictions and understandings of disability and difference. There will be opportunities to work with the Middlesbrough Collection held at MIMA, and with the town's archival collections. This project is part of the institution's broader programme of decolonizing the museum by working with under-represented populations and practitioners on programmes that change perceptions and behaviours that further marginalize people in society.
Mike Layward, Artistic Director said:
"The Curatorial Commissions programme aims to change the culture of the visual arts sector so it becomes more inclusive and accessible. There is a lack of Disabled people in positions of influence within the visual arts, and the longer-term aims of the project are to support the development of Disabled curators, who will become the directors of the future.
As part of the commissions we will also be working with each organisation's learning and engagement team to increase levels of participation and engagement among Disabled children and young people, led by our new in post Learning and Engagement manager. It is a really exciting period of development in the work of DASH"
DASH has been working with galleries and arts centres in England and Wales since 2009 creating opportunities for Disabled artists to exhibit and curate. These opportunities have significantly advanced the careers of more than 15 Disabled artists, and have influenced and changed the thinking of a number of key people in these galleries. But DASH assert that further cultural changes must be made within the visual arts sector in order for it to become more inclusive and accessible.
The individual opportunities will be advertised by each venue over the course of the next year and also on the DASH website. The duration of each commission will be from 1-2 years.