Jade is interested in widening participation within art galleries and museums, her work currently explores approaches to inclusive curating and co-commissioning alongside learning disabled people. Jade is a PhD student at the University of Leeds based in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, and is Director of Development at The Royal Standard, an artist-led gallery and studio.
Research on Inclusive Curating
Via a practice-led research approach, Art as Advocacy explored the potential for curatorial practice by learning disabled artists to act as a site for self-advocacy. It brought together members of self-advocacy group Halton Speak Out and members of Bluecoat's inclusive arts project Blue Room, to curate a visual arts exhibition titled Auto Agents. These curators developed an exhibition theme, collaborated with artists, commissioned new artwork and designed accessible interpretation for audiences. This attention to the curatorial process resulted in curating not only becoming more usable by more people, but also more transparent and rigorous. By achieving this, this research delineates to understanding the processes and practices by which our cultural spaces can become democratised. Read More