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FUNDING FOR ARTISTS WITH A DISABILITY

Thanks 2SER for airing this wonderful initiative from the Australia Council for the Arts

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Arts In Society Conference, Vancouver 2018

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Emily Carr University of Art and Design

 

This year I was honoured to participate in the Arts In Society Conference, an annual event, this time at the Emily Carr University Of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada.

“Founded in 2000, the Arts in Society Research Network offers an interdisciplinary forum for discussion of the role of the arts in society. It is a place for critical engagement, examination and experimentation, developing ideas that connect the arts to their contexts in the world – on stage, in studios and theaters, in classrooms, in museums and galleries, on the streets and in communities.”

Below is a summary of my paper to the conference:

“Little Significants” in the Visual Arts: Defining the Disability Aesthetic through the Analysis of the Representation of Dwarfism

“The physical difference of disability is not commonly associated with beauty, but rather its opposite. Theorists acknowledge the vicissitudes of taste in aesthetic judgement. Similarly, theorists acknowledge the vicissitudes of the valuation of disability – that is, physical difference is not always and everywhere defined as a disability. This interesting parallelism between the vicissitudes of aesthetic taste and disability is acutely illustrated through the representation of the dwarf – particularly the achondroplastic/disproportional dwarf. The purpose of the disability aesthetic was to produce a shift in the standards of beauty away from the notions of harmony, bodily integrity and health. However, despite such development of terminology, and claims of purpose, the definition of the disability aesthetic remains obtuse. Through the analysis of images in paintings, photography and sculptures of dwarfism this work first critiques current descriptions of the aesthetic of disability. Then adhering to a feminist critical disability studies framework – focusing upon the interface of the social milieu with the subject as limited agent – this work analyses a series of photographic representations of the author who is a female artist with achondroplasia. Through analysis of this self-representation, this work endeavours to provide clarification of definition of the disability aesthetic.”

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Presenting my paper

 


Sydney Writers Festival 2018

This year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival is now bigger and better than ever and one not to miss.

My daughter, Sarah and I will be performing during the festival in the People Of Letters event.

We invite you to join us for this great concept where  writers, sometimes with a  significant other, read  letters that highlight a deep personal and significant insight.

https://www.swf.org.au/writers/debra-keenahan/

https://www.swf.org.au/festivals/festival-2018/people-of-letters/

Sydney Writers Festival

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MY ARTIST TALK AT MAAS

We had a great turnout for my Artist Talk at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences on Saturday 28th where my sculpture ” Condescension” is on display as part of the Big Anxiety Festival. I was humbled that so many people came to hear my talk about the piece. Thanks to all that participated.

The audience were invited after to view “Condescension” afterwards.

 


Big Anxiety Festival Nov 2017

I’m extremely proud to be part of this unique Sydney festival from 20th September to 11th November, 2017. As an ambassador to the festival I encourage you to visit the various activities and exhibitions that are a part of The Big Anxiety.

This inaugural festival, Big Anxiety, brings together artists, scientists and communities to question and re-imagine the state of mental health in the 21st century.

A radically new kind of international arts festival, in which every project is an open conversation, designed to promote curiosity, awareness and action, The Big Anxiety presents over 60 events across Greater Sydney, tackling the major anxieties of our times, as well as the stresses and strains of everyday life.

Laura O’Sullivan from THE DAILY TELEGRAPH writes:

“ONE in four of us will suffer from it in our lifetimes but how do you get people talking about anxiety?

The Big Anxiety Festival is heading to Sydney this month to change the way we think about mental health and help visitors improve their wellbeing via innovative arts, science and technology events.”  See the full article here

I will be participating in Awkward Conversations and Lived Experiences so come along and say hello, have a conversation or even have a look at my unique 3D Sculpture at the Museum Of Applied Arts and Sciences ( formally the Powerhouse Museum )

                         LITTLE BIG WOMAN: CONDESCENSION at the MAAS  

 

 

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