Aspex Gallery: The Evolve Symposium

Aspex, New Theatre Royal and the Portsmouth Cultural Trust are delighted to present the Evolve Symposium, which will discuss the use of language and labels within the arts when working with people with SEN/D and on the autistic spectrum.

The symposium with be held at the New Theatre Royal on 24 January, and will run from 10am until 5pm.

Evolve is a consortium between Aspex, New Theatre Royal and Portsmouth Cultural Trust which seeks to provide opportunities for artists and audiences with disabilities. Throughout a one-year pilot project, funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, participants have been developing artistic opportunities, exhibitions, workshops and residencies across the three venues.

Confirmed speakers at the symposium include:  Joanne Bushnell, Director of Aspex; Jo Verrent, Unlimited; Jon Adams, artist; Sara Baldwin, Funky Llama Project (New Theatre Plymouth), Dominique De-Light, Director of Creative Future, StopGap, Kate Adams, Director of Project Artworks.

Ruth Kapadia, Relationship Manager, Diversity of Arts Council England will also be discussing the Arts Council’s approach to identity and labels when working with artists and audiences with disabilities, as well as the results of the recent diversity in the arts workforce survey, relating to barriers to participation.

The day will also comprise of two performances from Blue Apple, a disability dance company from Winchester, and Drake Music, an organisation working in music, disability and technology.

Vicky Chapter, Participation & Learning Manager at Aspex, said: “One of the biggest challenges we have faced throughout this project has been around the language we use and labels that we put on both ourselves and other we work with.

“This has led us to question how mainstream organisations can effectively support artists, improve accessibility for audiences and embed diversity within our work without the use of labels.”

Tickets for the Evolve Symposium are now available for just £20.00 from the New Theatre Royal box office. This includes lunch provided by the theatre’s in-house café partners, Watkins and Faux.

Tickets are available here.

Use the code EVOLVE17 when booking online or over the phone to book tickets at a reduced price of £15.

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