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Anna Berry's Curatorial Residency

Milton Keynes based artist Anna Berry joined MAC, Birmingham in April 2019 as our first DASH curator in residence.

On Wed 11th March at MAC Birmingham, audiences were invited to attend Anna and guest speakers at her free public conference - Disability Arts: Slaughtering the Sacred Cows.

Read Anna's keynote speech from her public conference entitled Disability Arts: Slaughtering the sacred Cows.​​​​​​​

This was the culmination of Anna's year long curatorial commission at MAC and was an opportunity to question Disability Arts. Are we robust enough to criticise ourselves? Are there no-go topics which aren’t debated in Disability Arts? This dynamic event examines current issues related to the challenges and opportunities of Disability Arts, bringing together leading practitioners included keynote speaker, artist Aaron Williamson.

The exhibition closed on Sun 22nd March 2020.

Anna Berry on ITV by Theo Deproost

Anna's residency consists of:

- Three months learning about the practices of working as a curator with MAC.

- Three months developing and working up ideas under the mentorship of the Visual Arts Producer at MAC.

- Six months developing and delivering an agreed curatorial project at MAC.

Listen to Anna talk to David Reeve about her involvement and experiences at MAC regarding learning the role of curator. For updates on Anna's experiences at MAC and her curated exhibition, please also visit our blog page.

MAC is committed to working with diverse artists while also offering a varied programme that is accessible for all. Prior to the Curatorial Commissions Programme, they worked alongside DASH during Noemi Lakmaier's year-long residency, that culminated in a venue-wide exhibition and national seminar.There were several related events hosted by MAC Birmingham throughout February and March 2020: