Rocket Artists and University of Brighton aim to build on Paralympics at Royal Festival Hall

By Culture24 Reporter | 20 March 2013

Curators believe a showcase of works by more than 150 artists with learning disabilities, partnered by non-disabled collaborators, has become the first British exhibition of its kind after filling the Spirit Level Gallery at London's Royal Festival Hall.

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Louella Forrest, Rockets mean Business© Peter Gates, 2012
The Rocket Artists and the University of Brighton are hoping to create the first inclusive arts manifesto as part of a one-day symposium on Friday, backing the display by 30 arts organisations from across the world.

“It is a celebration of inclusive arts practice,” says Alice Fox, who founded the collective a decade ago.

“Paintings, drawings, sculptures, films, animation, music and installation pieces all feature, and a live performance by the group and the Corali Dance Company will be inspired by the exhibits.

“Artists with and without learning disabilities are establishing collaborative practice for making contemporary artworks that challenge cultural values and combat social segregation.

“It is through these creative meeting points that the gift of a new perspective on the world can be offered and the humanity of the artists involved can be witnessed.
“The exhibition builds on the success of the Paralympics, to end prejudiced attitudes.”

Fox and her team joined forces with staff and students from the MA Inclusive Arts Practice course at the university. Film screenings of works made by participants, followed by discussions, will take place on March 27 and 28.

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