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Close up of Disability Arts leaflets from Anna Berry's exhibition - The Big Crip Cabaret
Image from Anna Berry's curated exhibition at Midlands Arts Centre (MAC)
Hi I'm Esther editing my first newsletter for DASH. Looking forward to bringing you more news of great events and amazing artists in future.

If you haven't already booked your place on the conference - Disability Arts: Slaughtering the Sacred Cows, part of Anna Berry's Curatorial Residence at Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), tickets have sold out but to be added to the waiting list call the Box Office on 0121 446 3232.

However, its not too late to book a place for Louder is Not Always Clearer, a humorous and moving one man show by deaf artist, Jonny Cotsen  or  What do we Want? A weekend workshop for young people exploring protest art, which references the Disability Arts movement represented in Anna's exhibition 'Art and Social Change'.

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.
Don't forget if you haven't had chance to see Anna Berry's curated exhibition, or would like to see it again there is still time to visit. 

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

Upcoming events at MAC
Jonny Cotsen performer, sits wearing a blue denim jacket next to an artist easel with sign saying I am Deaf mounted on it.

Louder is not Always Clearer

Publicity still of Jonny Cotsen for his one man show, 'Louder is not Always Clearer'

Jonny is a teacher, a freelance facilitator, a workshop leader and an avid football fan. He's just become a father, he is a campaigner and an artist. His friends say that he's outgoing and popular and that he loves music, festivals and nightclubs. 

Jonny is deaf.

'Louder Is Not Always Clearer' focuses on the importance of connection with others and the struggle to do so effectively. This one-man show is an honest portrayal of the vulnerability of a man perceived to be full of confidence and outwardly social. In a hearing world, Jonny is different and 'Louder Is Not Always Clearer' is a bold expose that highlights those differences. For a hearing audience it is an illuminating and emotional experience. For deaf audience members the show is a familiar tale of misunderstanding and isolation. For all audiences it is a humorous and at times moving story of one man's attempt to cope, to fit in and to be accepted.

All shows use creative captioning, English and some BSL to make the show fully accessible for Deaf and hearing audiences.

7.30pm Tuesday 10 Mar 2020

 Book tickets now on the MAC website.

What Do We Want? Exploring Protest Art with Disabled Artist Jazz Moreton

Examples of Disability campaign flyers and posters

What Do We Want? is a weekend workshop exploring Protest Art with Disabled Artist Jazz Moreton.

MAC Makes Music is looking for young people aged 11 – 25 who identify as disabled, to work with artist Jazz Moreton to create a new protest piece using visual art, performance and music.

Shout about what’s really important to you! You can make banners, badges and music and get your message across in a powerful and positive way.

The workshops are inspired by Art and Social Change: The Disability Arts Movement an exhibition currently on show at MAC curated by artist Anna Berry which presents art work inspired by the Disability Arts movement.

Jazz Moreton survived a stroke at the age of thirteen, which has given her a unique understanding of life both without and with a disability. Her artwork is often performance-based, but she also uses sound and visual art. She is experienced in working with children and young people that have Learning Disabilities, and is an ardent supporter of Equality and Disability Rights.

The workshops take place on Saturday  14 March  from 2pm – 5pm and on Sunday 15 March 11am – 4pm.

Ages 11-25 yrs.

FREE admission, booking required.

Please complete the All About Me form on MAC's website to confirm your booking. If you have personal care or additional support needs, please bring a parent or personal assistant with you.

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