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EXPLORERS 2019: Art. People. Care.
National Conference
Why art? Why care?


When: Wednesday 20 November & Thursday 21 November 2019
Where: MK Gallery, Milton Keynes

In the final year of EXPLORERS we reflect on what has changed, what hasn’t and what needs to be done to achieve greater equality in contemporary visual art.

Join us at the newly reopened MK Gallery in Milton Keynes for the EXPLORERS conference: Art. People. Care. Be part of a collaborative, inclusive and progressive event examining rights, institutional empathy and the practice of artists with complex needs. The day will include presentations, case studies, participative workshops, creative practice and non-verbal communication.

The full programme will include contributions from the art and social care sectors and will be announced in September 2019.

This event is aimed at curators, arts commissioners and professionals, academics and artists working across socially engaged fields such as rights, education and health, and those working in the social care sector and neurodiverse communities – regardless of what stage you are at in your career or practice.

Taking place against a backdrop of increased hardship and intolerance toward disabled people, the aim of EXPLORERS is to develop positive relationships between cultural organisations and the social care sector and to reposition people who have complex needs at the forefront of mainstream culture. The programme led by Project Art Works is taking place with multiple partners and galleries including Autograph, Fabrica, De La Warr Pavilion, MK Gallery, National Institute for Experimental Arts UNSW, Photoworks and Tate Liverpool.

Project Art Works is an artist-led organisation that makes and promotes art as a means of connection with and for people with complex needs. They collaborate with neurodiverse communities, galleries, health and social care agencies to promote inclusion in civic and cultural life.

The EXPLORERS project is supported by the Arts Council Ambition for Excellence Programme and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Bookings for this event will be launched in July 2019, please save the date for now.

For more information please contact Martin Swan, EXPLORERS project coordinator, at [email protected]or call 01424 423555.

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