Disabled Artists Protest Grayson Perry Exhibition

Grayson Perry Photo via: Fibre Magazine
Grayson Perry Photo via: Fibre Magazine

 

Grayson Perry Photo via: Fibre Magazine

Grayson Perry
Photo via: Fibre Magazine

A group of eight disabled artists are organizing a “protest exhibition” to coincide with Grayson Perry’s tapestry show at Temple Newsam House, in East Leeds, after it emerged that the display wouldn’t be accessible to wheelchair users, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

“It think it’s an appalling and discriminatory decision,” organizer Gill Crawshaw told the local newspaper. “We want to make a point, and this is a really good opportunity to make that point.

“People might think things have got better for disabled people but in lots of ways some things haven’t improved,” she continued. “Our exhibition is saying ‘look, this is what disabled people and our allies can do in a very short time’. They shouldn’t be excluding us.”

Entitled “The Reality of Small Differences” in response to Perry’s series of tapestries The Vanity of Small Differences, the show will open at Union 105 and at Inkwell Arts on August 23, the same day as Perry’s own display. It will mainly showcase textile art.


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