I read about a new exhibition entitled Art, Life, Activism being launched at the Attenborough Arts Centre in this post in Disability Arts Online. It’s great to see art with a political voice.
However I got dismayed when I read:
University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre first opened 18 years ago, conceived by acclaimed actor Richard Attenborough as a space explicitly for disabled artists and audience members.
So one view is that a space has been made for disabled artists to show their work and disabled viewers to look at it and so that’s a good thing. But another view is that these approaches just keep disabled people in their place (excluded, isolated and stigmatised) while offering the illusion of emancipation.
Now if this exhibition was being shown in places targeting the mainstream art loving audiences I might feel differently.