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Workshops & Courses

Proxy Politics: Making and Unmaking Perspectives on Access

Work­shop explor­ing dis­abil­i­ty activism & acces­si­bil­i­ty led by Arjun Har­ri­son-Mann, Ben­jamin Red­grove and Kaiya Waerea

This online workshop is aimed at Bristol-based artists & activists who are engaged with or interested in disability activism & accessibility in the arts.

Working through simple prompts, we will be using our video calling devices and materials around our homes to discuss perspectives on access and make simple tools to think through disability and representation.

Participants will need to have with them:

A phone with a camera and case and some basic materials to make harnesses with (this can be as simple as scarves, hair ties, things around the house).

Participants will be asked to take the time to read a short document outlining a safe space policy, which outlines the Social Model of disability. This will be available two weeks before the workshop in a range or formats.

Age limit: 16+

Artists Bios

Arjun Harrison-Mann and Benjamin Redgrove are an artist & designer duo, whose work is grounded in The Social Model of Disability, often in collaboration with activist group Disabled People Against Cuts. As allies to the Disability Rights Movement, and stemming from personal experiences with disability benefits in the UK, their work often sits somewhere between provocation and service.

Kaiya Waerea is a writer and designer, whose work looks critically at chronic illness and the body by activating alternate forms of knowledge production to interrogate how we can collaboratively develop new ways of listening and taking care of each other.

Together they are exploring notions of radical accessibility, the relationship between power & presence and the foregrounding of the aesthetics of accessibility.

Access Information

BSL and live captioning for online events are available on request, please contact us in advance. Control Shift online events will take place across three different digital platforms: Zoom, BigBlueButton and YouTube. All of these platforms are compatible with common screen readers. After events, we will make transcripts and videos available online.

Please get in touch if you have specific access needs or would like advice using the online platform, we'd be happy to help. Please email Martha (martha.kng@gmail.com) or call 07799067031.
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