I am delighted to be leading a new research project Irregular Art Schools supported by a £246,000 grant by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Beginning on 1 February, it will co-develop and pilot different professional development opportunities with learning disabled artists in the Leeds City Region, testing how existing structures such as artist-led spaces, universities, publishing and social care can better serve learning disabled individuals.
The research team brings together a range of skills and expertise across visual art and social care. This includes staff and artists from supported studio Pyramid, members of artist-led space Assembly House, staff from Leeds City Council’s Adult Social Care Team and Co-Investigator Dr Katie Graham, Lecturer in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at University of York.
Over the next two and a half years, the team will be:
• examining social care policy with social workers;
• leading two national think tanks on artist-facilitation;
• experimenting with inclusive academic publishing processes;
• trialling an artist-led model of professional development with Assembly House;
• exploring ways to make the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies more inclusive and accessible to learning disabled artists. There will be opportunities for staff and students in the School to participate.
For more information, easy reads and updates visit the project's website: http://www.irregularartschools.co.uk/ www.irregularartschools.co.uk/