Wed 22 Aug 2018 6 - 8:30pm

Free, booking essential

About the Event

An event for people working in the adult social care sector or those working in partnership with social care organisations, such as creative practitioners. What are the current challenges facing disabled people and those that care for them? What could be done to improve quality of life?

Join us in solidarity for a free evening of food, talks and conversation exploring the question: How are we caring for people?

Set against a backdrop of increased hardship and exclusion facing disabled people, this event aims to begin a conversation around care provision for the most vulnerable in society and unite the people who provide the services that support them.

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This event forms part of our programme exploring disability, neuro-diversity and rights - relating to creative practice at Autograph in partnership with Project Art Works.


67pm: Food and refreshments

7pm: Welcome

7.10–8pm: Talks by Joanna Grace, Yasmin Gunaratnam and Ben Platts-Mills

8–8.30pm: Chaired discussion by Dr Errol Francis and Q&A with the audience


The hidden health care needs of people with profound disabilities by Joanna Grace

Disaporic neurology: stories of end of life care for migrants and exiles by Yasmin Gunaratnam

‘Disabled person' or 'artist'? Can arts practice help us move beyond the 'care' paradigm? by Ben Platts-Mills

Curating people by Errol Francis

Care home resident


Attendees will receive a free copy of Autograph's Who Cares? newspaper


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Ben Platts-Mills

Yasmin Gunaratnam

Joanna Grace

Chaired by Dr Errol Francis 


Ben Platts-Mills has worked with people with learning disabilities, the neuro-diverse community and people with neurological changes caused by injury in adulthood. Stories of his work with survivors of brain injury are recorded in a book, Tell Me the Planets, published by Penguin this year. He is interested in the power of witness, in the pragmatics of inclusion, and in art practice as a means of redefining value.

Yasmin Gunaratnam is a Reader in Sociology at Goldsmiths where she teaches on race, feminism, disability, cultural representation and research methods. Her monographs include 'Researching Race and Ethnicity: methods, knowledge and power' (2003, Sage), ‘Death and the Migrant’ (2013, Bloomsbury Academic) and ‘Go Home? The Politics of Immigration Controversies’ (2017, Manchester University Press). 

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Yasmin has edited eight collections including ‘A Jar of Wild Flowers: Essays in Celebration of John Berger’ (2016, Zed). She is on the editorial collectives of Feminist Review and Media Diversified.

Joanna Grace is an international Sensory Engagement and Inclusion Specialist, Trainer, Author, TEDx speaker and Founder of The Sensory Projects.

Consistently rated as Outstanding by Ofsted Joanna has taught in mainstream and special school settings, connecting with pupils of all ages and abilities. Since launching The Sensory Projects Joanna's work has extended into adult care for people with complex needs and dementia. To inform her work Joanna draws on her own experience from her private and professional life as well as taking in all the information she can from the research archives. Joanna's private life includes family members with disabilities and diverse conditions and time spent as a registered foster carer for children with profound disabilities. 

Joanna's books Sensory Stories for children and teens , Sensory-being for Sensory Beings  and Sharing Sensory Stories with People with Dementia sell globally. She has a further four books due for publication within the next two years, including two children's books. Joanna is a big fan of social media and is always happy to connect with people via Facebook Twitter and LinkedIn.

Chair: Dr Errol Francis 
Errol Francis is an artist, curator and former mental health activist. He was formerly head of arts at the Mental Health foundation and Director of the Anxiety Arts Festival 2014 and consultant to the Big Anxiety Festival, Sydney 2017. He is currently chief executive of Culture& and Director of the curatorial group PS/Y and visiting professor in arts and health at the University of London.

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Our free events are very popular, and require visitors to book a ticket beforehand. Please arrive on time for the event, as admission is on a first come, first served basis for ticket holders. Since not everyone who books a ticket attends, we have to overbook our to allow for no-shows.


EXPLORERS project, delivered by Project Art Works, a three-year programme of art and conversation working with 12 national art organisations. The EXPLORERS programme is informed and led by neurodiverse communities, placing them at the heart of social, civic and cultural activity. Based in Hastings, Project Art Works is the UK’s leading artist led organisation working with children, young people and adults who have complex support needs.


Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
Project Art Works

Banner images: Courtesy Project Art Works