2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the National Assistance Act, a key pillar to the welfare state structure which still forms the framework of UK public services today. Whilst, overall, the 1948 welfare state settlement has served society well, the supposedly “cradle-to-grave” state has arguably failed to guarantee against the poverty and exclusion of millions of disabled people. A retrospective of the past six years of the Shape Open, this exhibition re-examines a selection of key works, considering the history of disability policy and life for disabled people in a welfare state.
Whilst varying in theme every year, the Shape Open has provided artists, both disabled and non-disabled, with the platform to highlight their viewpoints on disability issues and topics which are often side-lined within artistic debate. Shape showcases their work from a new perspective, reflecting on the continuities and changes in societal attitudes towards disability in the past 70 years.
Exhibiting Artists: Jon Adams; Tony Allan; Katherine Araniello; Lizz Brady; Charles Burns; Arjun Harrison-Mann; Beth Davis-Hofbauer; Stephen Lee Hodgkins; Sophie Hoyle; Carly Jane; James Lake; Vince Laws; Scott Michael; Aidan Moesby; Kate Murdoch; Amy Louise Nettleton; Bekki Perriman; Justin Piccirilli; Jay Price; Lizzy Rose; Elinor Clare Rowlands; Dolly Sen; Aminder Virdee; Ker Wallwork; Jason Wilsher-Mills; The Vacuum Cleaner.
Hoxton Arches is wheelchair accessible.
You can find a photo journey from Hoxton Station to the venue here (PDF) or here (Word).
If you would like a member of Shape staff to meet you at the station, if you have any access requirements, or would like this information in another format please contact Sara Dziadik at email@example.com or 0207 424 7330.
Nearest station(s): Hoxton Overground [0.02 mi], Shoreditch High Street [0.6 mi], Old Street [0.8 mi], Liverpool Street [1.0 mi]
Buses: 26, 48, 55 - Hoxton Stop via Hackney Road
149, 242, 243 - Hoxton Station/Geffrye Museum via Kingsland Road
Parking: JustPark Pitfield Street St John's Church, Pitfield Street, London N1 6NP [0.4 mi]
Bike: Bicycle parking is located at Bow Church Station. The nearest Santander Cycles docking station is at Hoxton Station and 28 Hoxton Street [0.3 mi].
This exhibition and programme has been curated by Sara Dziadik, Shape Arts.