Jade French is an artist-facilitator, writer and researcher based in Liverpool, UK. Jade predominantly works alongside people with the label of learning disability to explore the intersections of art, disability and social change, often examining constructs of access, agency, status and inclusion through collaboratively producing, curating and commissioning visual art.
Jade graduated with BA Photography from Nottingham Trent University in 2009 and an MA Inclusive Arts Practice from the University of Brighton in 2013. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Leeds based in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, funded by the AHRC's Collaborative Doctoral Award. Jade's PhD titled Art as Advocacy is a collaborative study with self advocacy group Halton Speak Out, and art gallery Bluecoat. This three year study aims to explore the potential for participatory curatorial practice by people with learning disabilities to act a site for self advocacy.
As well as her academic work, Jade sustains a longstanding zining and collaging practice. She writes regularly for Liverpool based arts and culture magazine The Double Negative and for the UK wide Disability Arts Online.
Jade is currently a studio member of The Royal Standard, Liverpool.