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Inclusive Arts Practice and Research

A Critical Manifesto, 1st Edition

By Alice Fox, Hannah Macpherson

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Inclusive Arts Practice and Research interrogates an exciting and newly emergent field: the creative collaborations between learning-disabled and non-learning-disabled artists which are increasingly taking place in performance and the visual arts.

In Inclusive Arts Practice Alice Fox and Hannah Macpherson interview artists, curators and key practitioners in the UK and US. The authors introduce and articulate this new practice, and situate it in relation to associated approaches. Fox and Macpherson candidly describe the tensions and difficulties involved too, and explore how the work sits within contemporary art and critical theory.

The book inhabits the philosophy of Inclusive Arts practice: with Jo Offer, Alice Fox and Kelvin Burke making up the design team behind the striking look of the book. The book also includes essays and illustrated statements, and has over 100 full-colour images. Inclusive Arts Practice represents a landmark publication in an emerging field of creative practice across all the arts. It presents a radical call for collaboration on equal terms and will be an invaluable resource for anyone studying, researching or already working within this dynamic new territory.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword

Acknowledgements

Chapter 1

Situating Inclusive Arts: aesthetics, politics, encounters

Introduction

What is Inclusive Arts?

Why use the term Inclusive Arts?

What sorts of inclusions occur through Inclusive Arts Practice?

Learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities or learning difficulty? Some notes on terminology

What contribution does Inclusive Art make to Contemporary Art?

What are the potential aesthetic effects of Inclusive Arts?

Is this Outsider art?

How should work be labelled? If at all…

How does this work relate to the everyday lives of people with learning disabilities?

What are the transformative potentials of Inclusive Arts?

So what is the difference between an Inclusive Artist and a community worker?

Audience encounters 1: What can be achieved when audiences experience this work?

Audience encounters 2: How does this work intervene in regimes of disabled visuality?

Audience encounters 3: What can audiences take away from this work?

How does Inclusive Arts differ from Disability Art?

How does Inclusive Arts differ from art therapy and occupational therapy?

What are the characteristics of good quality Inclusive Arts?

What is in the rest of the book?

A note from the authors…

Paradox

A note on editing interviews in Chapters Three and Four

Accessible Summary

Chapter 2

Curation, biography and audience encounter……………..…………………………………………41

Introduction

Diversity, encounter and exchange in the cultural sphere

Alice Fox on Inclusive Curation: Putting on the ‘Side by Side’ exhibition at the Southbank

Art and inclusion: what is shared with other artists and curators who are placed at ‘the margins’?

Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre, London

Anna Cutler, Director of Learning at Tate

Catherine Morris, Sackler Family Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, NY.

Conclusions: productive difference, performative interpretation and an emphasis on unknowability

Chapter 3

How do we practice Inclusive Arts? …………………………………………………………..………85

Introduction

Frameworks, foundations, timetables and starting points

Choice and Freedom

Time

Trust

Risk and Uncertainty

An openness to all the languages we communicate in

An embodied ethic of encounter

Becoming a self aware practitioner

The answers are in the room

Interviews with the Rockets

Rocket artists: a conversation about the Wedding Cloaks

Jane Fox, Louella Forest and Alice Fox

Conclusions

Chapter 4

Interviews with the artists………………………………………………………………………………115

Dean Rodney and Mark Williams, Heart and Soul, London

Declan Byrne and Andrew Pike, The Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent (KCAT), Ireland

Kate Adams, Project Art Works

Charlotte Hollinshead, Action Space, London

Bethan Kendrick and Jacobus Flynn, Corali Dance Company, London

Chapter 5

Inclusive Arts Research……………………………………………………………………………….159

Introduction

Inclusive Arts Practice as a form of research: making meaning through artistic forms of inquiry

Research terminology

Who or what is the subject of Inclusive Arts Research?

What constitutes a literature review in Inclusive Arts research?

What are the methods of Inclusive Arts research?

Being a reflexive (self-aware) research practitioner

What are the possible findings of Inclusive Arts Research?

Research on Inclusive Arts: interpretation, definition and classification

Evaluating the success of your project

Thinking about social impact and cultural value

A few starting points for Inclusive Arts research

Research Project Ethics

Context

Informed Consent

Free from Coercion

Your research ‘outputs’ and intended audiences

Chapter 6

The Future of Inclusive Arts: building a global movement………………..………………………….195

Introduction

What would you hope for the future of Inclusive Arts?

What is the future for learning disabled arts education?

How can learning disabled artists go professional?

What is the significance of Inclusive Arts for all and how can support worker ‘buy in’ be ensured?

How can Inclusive Art help advance the human rights of people with learning disabilities and achieve social justice?

The Central Human Capabilities (Adapted from Nussbaum 2003)

How can Inclusive Art work explore themes such as sex, sexuality, nudity and death?

Chapter 7

The making of this book……………………………………………………………………..224

Who made this book and why?

How was this book made?

Afterword

About the Authors

Alice Fox is a Principal Lecturer and Associate Head in the College of Arts and Humanities, University of Brighton, researching Inclusive Arts Practice and education. Alice is also Course Leader and founder of the pioneering MA Inclusive Arts Practice, and Artistic Director of the Arts Council England-funded learning-disabled Rocket Artists. This group has been awarded significant funds from Arts Council England to deliver their programme of high-quality exhibitions and performances. During 2013, the Rockets worked in partnership with the Southbank Centre to deliver the Side by Side project – an international exhibition and symposium of Inclusive Arts that this book builds upon. In 2008, Alice collaboratively directed and performed Smudged, an inclusive performance with the Rocket Artists at Tate Modern, and in 2010 performed and exhibited Measures of Bodies at the Brussels Medical Museum. Alice has published in The New Museum Community, 10 Must Reads: Inclusion, and co-authored Community–University Partnerships, Access to Art: From Day Centre to Tate Modern, and Art in the Woods: An Exploration of a Community–University Environmental Arts Project published by NIACE (National Institute of Adult Continuing Education).

Dr Hannah Macpherson is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Brighton. Her interests include feminist, post-structural and new-materialist theories with a research focus on the physical and imaginative spaces of disability, landscape and arts practice. She enjoys creative, collaborative research and writing projects that intend to make a positive difference in the world. Her work has appeared in a range of peer-reviewed academic journals including Environment and Planning, Cultural Geographies and The Senses & Society, and she has published numerous book chapters. She coordinates the disability ethics and aesthetics research group at the University of Brighton, and has just completed an Arts & Humanities Research Council-funded research project on visual arts practice for resilience.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART060000
ART / Performance