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EXPLORERS Conference: Art, Rights and Representation

A two day event about neurodiversity, art and the politics of inclusion.

When: Wednesday 20 November & Thursday 21 November 2019, 11am – 5pm
Where: MK Gallery, 900 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 3QA 

Join us at the newly reopened MK Gallery in Milton Keynes for a two day event to mark the culmination of three years of EXPLORERS, putting neurodiverse artists and makers at the centre of the conversation.

Be part of a collaborative, inclusive and progressive event examining rights, institutional empathy and how to support and nurture more diverse practice in contemporary visual art.  

Download the programme here (subject to small changes).

Confirmed contributions include:

Day 1
– Artists from Intoart (London) and Project Art Works (Sussex)
– Trish Wheatley, CEO, Disability Arts Online

– CVAN South East – Towards Change Seminar

Day 2
– Artists from ActionSpace (London), Project Art Works (Sussex)
– Sir Peter Bazalgette – writer and broadcaster
– Moira Sinclair – Chief Executive, Paul Hamlyn Foundation

– Joanna Grace – The Sensory Projects

Partners and contributing organisations also include:
Arts Council EnglandAutographChallenging Behaviour FoundationDe La Warr PavilionFabricaMK GalleryOutside InPhoenix Art SpacePhotoworksTate Liverpool Explorers art and social care consortium, UNSW Institute for Experimental Arts, Museum of Contemporary Arts Australia

In the final year of EXPLORERS, a three year project led by Project Art Works, we reflect on what has changed, what needs to be done to achieve greater equality in visual art.

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.

If you have any specific access requirements please contact Project Art Works by emailing [email protected] or call 01424 423555 before booking your place.


Project Art Works, MK Gallery and CVAN South East are committed to making this event as accessible as possible and that includes the cost to attend. If you have a restricted budget please take advantage of the lower cost ticket and if you are able to give a bit more please book the full price ticket. There are limited subsidised tickets available so please contact us if the cost of attending is a barrier and we will support how we can.

Book your ticket here.


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.

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

About Project Art Works

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.

About CVAN South East

A network of organisations across the visual arts sector in the South East of England, Contemporary Visual Arts Network South East works together to create a stronger visual arts ecology for the region.

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