Auto Agents, Bluecoat (2016)
Auto Agents was an exhibition at Bluecoat curated by five people with learning disabilities. It explores what it means to be independent by making your own decisions, which comes from the collective’s personal knowledge and experiences around the continued lack of choice and control many people with learning disabilities face.
Auto Agents features new work by artists from The Royal Standard studio in Liverpool. This includes an interactive artwork by James Harper that sees audiences controlling a sculpture through various independent mechanisms, as well as a limited edition book designed by Mark Simmonds. As well as these new commissions, Auto Agents also features the work of London-based artist Alaena Turner for the first time in Liverpool.
This exhibition forms part of my practice-led PhD at the University of Leeds, funded by AHRC.