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A photograph of visitors at Anna Berry's exhibition in the Arena Gallery. In the foreground Tanya Raabe- Webber is being photographed in front of her artwork.
Anna Berry's curated exhibition at MAC. Photo by Kate Green.

Happy 2020!


Welcome to our first newsletter of 2020.

It has been a busy start to the year at DASH with the culmination of Anna Berry's curatorial residency at MAC and the beginning of Aidan Moesby's at MIMA.

All change in the office again! Sadly Passy Goddard left at the end of January to travel the world. We do hope that she has a brilliant time, she will be missed.

Don't forget to check out our latest updates on the DASH blog page.


Anna Berry's Curated Exhibition 'Art and Social Change: The Disability Arts Movement'
A photograph of visitors at Anna Berry's curated exhibition. In the foreground a young boy and man are looking down into a display cabinet.
Visitors at Anna Berry's curated exhibition at MAC. Photo by Kate Green.
Anna Berry's curated exhibition opened on 11th January with the opening event held on 18th January.

"Anna Berry’s curated exhibition displays some of the artwork, as well as objects used by activists, that raised awareness and affected social and political change for disabled people during the Disability Arts Movement. The exhibition sheds light on the movement in an authentic and accessible manner by unravelling individuals’ stories and experiences through their artwork and performance."

Read more of Passy Goddard's review on the DASH blog


Her exhibition will be running until Sun 22nd March 2020 between 9am and 9pm in the Arena Gallery, MAC Birmingham. FREE admissions.

Upcoming events at MAC
Anna Berry speaking at the launch of her curated exhibition at MAC Birmingham. Deborah Kermode, Chrief Executive of MAC stands to her right.
Anna Berry and Deborah Kermode at the launch of Arts and Social Change: The Disability Arts Movement. Photograph by Kate Green.

During the running of Anna Berry's exhibition there are some exciting events at MAC:

Anna Berry: Curator Talk and Tour

Join Anna to hear about her experiences as a curator and the inspiration for exhibition Art and Social Change: The Disability Arts Movement.

Thurs 27th Feb, 6.30pm in Arena Gallery, MAC Birmingham.

Free admissions. Book tickets now on the MAC website.

Public Conference - Disability Arts: Slaughtering the Sacred Cows

Are we robust enough to criticise ourselves? Are there no-go topics which aren’t debated in Disability Arts? This dynamic event examines current issues related to the challenges and opportunities of Disability Arts, bringing together leading practitioners including keynote speaker, artist Aaron Williamson.

Wed 11th March, 11am- 4pm in MAC Theatre, MAC Birmingham.

Free admissions. Booking required via MAC Birmingham website.

Aidan Moesby's Curatorial Residency is underway at MIMA

Aidan Moesby sits on a snow covered wooden bench. He is wearing dark rimmed glasses, he has bright blonde hair and beard. The landscape is covered in snow, trees and building can be seen in the far distance.
Aidan Moesby
Aidan Moesby began his year- long curatorial residency at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art in mid January. Aidan is working under MIMA’s Senior Curator, Elinor Morgan.

Week 1 : 14 Jan 2020 Welcome and conversations about the project and review of structure and aims – EM
That seems such a long time ago. 4 weeks in and wow!
There was the moment of angst, well, actually the tsunami of overwhelming anxiety at being the new boy in school who didn’t know anyone, wondering if I would find somewhere to ‘fit’.
MIMA knows how to host. Or the people at, who are, MIMA know how to host. I have been made welcome from the first moment, from my first awkward utterances at the first meeting of staff round the large office table of formal introductions – though I am so much better at those smaller or one to one interactions. I even got a lanyard – the ultimate signifier of ‘yep – you’re in – you’re one of us’
What a whirlwind! I am feasting on information, processes, practices, art chat, critical conversations – Tuesdays fill me up for the rest of the week. I know how incredibly fortunate and privileged I am to be in this position, to have an individually tailored program of professional development.
I am looking forward to developing a proposal of future activity, a presentation at a conference is already in the diary and there is the wider Dash - MIMA/Mac/Wysing network involvement. Who knows what else will unfurl into the future, it’s early days.
I am not a morning person and I am not saying I spring out of bed at 6am for the 7am commute but the prospect of another curatorial smorgasbord makes the current dark mornings a lot brighter

For regular updates on Aidan's curatorial residency, please visit our website and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Get your copy of The Incorrigibles now

Front cover of The Incorrigibles
The Front cover of The Incorrigibles of a photograph of a woman in a black jacket with her mouth wide open and her hands against either side of her face. She is standing on a road and in the background there are mountains, forests and a lake. The title is orientated vertically up the left hand side.

Copies of DASH's book, The Incorrigibles: Perspectives on Disability Visual Arts in the 20th and 21st Centuries, are available to buy for yourself or as a great gift.

The stories and artwork in this book unite the artists and demonstrate the strong vibrant genre that is progressive and inspirational to an emerging Disability Arts landscape. We are indebted to all the artists who responded with such openness, honesty and generosity of spirit.

"The Incorrigibles is both a testament to the resilience of artists making work in the face of disabling obstacles and the commitment of artists dedicated to making work about the experience of disability." - Colin Hambrook, Disability Arts Online.

The book is available to purchase online here:

For alternative methods of purchasing the book please contact Paula Dower

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