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Awkward Bastards II Event - DASH

Wednesday 22nd & Thursday 23rd March, 10.15am - 6:00pm
Mac Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH

Disability arts organisation DASH are pushing the conversation around inclusivity and invisibility forward at Awkward Bastards II, a 2-day event featuring day-long creative workshops, a Radical Practices open mic session, two panel debates and keynotes. 

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Awkward Bastards II is a 2-day event on 22nd & 23rd March. 

The symposium will feature artists' presentations, a live portrait painting by Tanya Raabe-Webber, a Radical Practices open mic session and two panel debates and keynote speeches focussing on underrepresentation, exclusion and invisibility.


Day one will focus on artistic practice with artists including Rachel Gadsden, Sue Austin and Mohammed Ali leading day-long creative workshops.

Panel discussions on day two will then consider how we frame diversity and what our responsibilities are to represent diversity in both the past and future.


The symposium will also feature keynote speeches from Tate Director Frances Morris and David A Bailey of the International Curators Forum.



DAY 2: Panel One - Framing Diversity

A panel considering different contexts for the representation of underrepresented artists and practices – what kind of frames do the institutional context of museums, galleries, theatres and festivals put around diverse artists and practices and what do those frames do and say? Do institutional frameworks for diverse practice perpetuate marginalisation and 'difference', in terms of artists, practices and audiences, or the opposite? Do we need to consider different kinds of institutional frameworks and what might they look like? What kind of freedoms, permissions and agency do artist-led or grass roots contexts offer that the institution cannot? What is at stake in these debates?

With a keynote provocation by Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern


DAY 2: Panel Two - Pasts and Futures

A panel considering responsibilities to our pasts and our futures. How do we ensure that underrepresented artists and practices are represented in cultural histories? What kind of archival and legacy projects and approaches address issues of exclusion and invisibility? How do we rewrite and reclaim histories? How do we equally invest in the future? How do we support future generations of makers and cultural leaders in meaningful and instrumental ways?

With a keynote provocation by David A Bailey of the International Curators Forum.



You can book your tickets and view the programme HERE(This is a link to booking for Day 2 only - there are links on the page to also view and book Day 1 events)



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