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EXPLORERS Conference: Art, Rights and Representation

POSTED: 18 October 2019

Autograph is taking part in a two day event about neurodiversity, art and the politics of inclusion

Autograph is proud to be participating in the EXPLORERS Conference on 20 and 21 November at MK Gallery in Milton Keynes. 

Join us and be part of a collaborative, inclusive and progressive event examining rights, institutional empathy and how to support and nurture more diverse practice in contemporary visual art.

Everyone is welcome at the conference, and tickets start at just £15 for both days. 

Both days will feature showcases of work and practice by neurodiverse artists, talks, presentations and case studies, workshops, creative practice and non-verbal communication by and with neurodiverse facilitators, alternative gallery tours, and practical support and training including: Makaton, Accessibility toolkits, Positive Behaviour Support, and PATH training

The conference is organised by Project Art Works, the UK’s leading artist led organisation working with children, young people and adults who have complex support needs.

Confirmed participants

Day 1
Artists from Intoart (London) and Project Art Works (Sussex)

Dr Peter Baker, Senior Lecturer in Learning Disability, Tizard Centre

CVAN South East, Dialogues - Towards Change Seminar

Day 2
Artists from ActionSpace (London), Project Art Works (Sussex)

Sir Peter Bazalgette, writer and broadcaster

Moira Sinclair, Chief Executive, Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Joanna Grace, The Sensory Projects

How to book tickets

The conference organisers are committed to making this event as accessible as possible and that includes the cost to attend. 

To book tickets and find out more, click here

Organisations taking part

Arts Council EnglandAutographChallenging Behaviour FoundationDe La Warr PavilionFabricaMK GalleryOutside InPhoenix Art SpacePhotoworksTate Liverpool Explorers art and social care consortium, UNSW Institute for Experimental Arts, Museum of Contemporary Arts Australia

Find out more

Book tickets and read more on the Eventbrite page for the conference


Download the flier for the conference

Part of the Explorers project

Taking place against a backdrop of increased hardship and intolerance toward disabled people, the aim of EXPLORERS is to develop positive relationships between cultural organisations and the social care sector and to reposition people who have complex needs at the forefront of mainstream culture.

The programme led by Project Art Works is taking place with multiple partners and galleries including Autograph, Fabrica, De La Warr Pavilion, MK Gallery, National Institute for Experimental Arts UNSW, Photoworks and Tate Liverpool.

The EXPLORERS project is supported by the Arts Council Ambition for Excellence Programme and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Images, from top: 1 and 4) Sam Smith at Project Art Works. Courtesy of Project Art Works. 2 and 5) Sam Smith at MK Gallery. Courtesy of Project Art Works. 4) Sharif Persaud at MK Gallery. Courtesy of Project Art Works.