Artists Direct Change
‘An equal platform for emerging visual artists’
Intoart / 20 years / 2020
Intoart will be 20 years old in 2020. By 2020 we want to share our successes but also question why there remain so many barriers to inclusion for people with learning disabilities in contemporary art programmes and discourses.
2018 was a significant year for Intoart, we moved to a new fully resourced art and design studio at Peckham Levels, it has taken 18 years to achieve our ambition for a studio where people with learning disabilities have equality of opportunity to practise as artists.
In January 2019 Intoart are launching Artists Direct Change, a new programme focused on artists with bodies of work developed over many years practising as artists in the Intoart studio. Subscribe to the Artists Direct Change mailing list to keep track of the programme.
The Artist Direct Change programme will show how by investing in artists we can address low expectations, othering and cultural exclusion. We will challenge the presumptive use of the term ‘Outsider’ in relation to people with learning disabilities, learn from, and contribute to contemporary discourses.
Artists Direct Change means people with learning disabilities practising as artists working with curators, writers, museum and gallery directors and commissioners to achieve meaningful change through exhibitions and public discourse as we look to 2020 and beyond.
Artists Direct Change Steering Group:
Kirsty Ogg, Director, New Contemporaries
Melanie Keen, Director/Chief Curator, Iniva (Institute of International Visual Art)
Eliza Gluckman, Deputy Director and Senior Curator, Government Art Collection
Deborah Smith, Curator, Birmingham Museums Trust/Arts Council Collection
Jo Capper, Collaborative Programme Curator, Grand Union
Alessandra Cianetti, Curator, Writer, Founder of performingborders research-platform
Ella Ritchie, Co-founder and Director, Intoart
Sam Jones, Co-founder and Programme Manager, Intoart
Quotes from the Steering Group
“For nearly 20 years, Intoart has been doing incredible work supporting people with learning disabilities, supporting them to operate successfully as practicing artists while challenging society’s perceptions about disability. The Artists Direct Change project is a major new initiative that will significantly increase the visibility and viability of some of these artists. I am proud to be associated with this work and to support Intoart.” Kirsty Ogg, Director, New Contemporaries
“Intoart’s ambition is to create an equal platform for these important emerging voices in the visual arts. It is an exciting time to join this conversation and support the Intoart team as they approach this important milestone”. Eliza Gluckman Senior Curator & Deputy Director, Government Art Collection
“Intoart is one of the most inspirational organisations for their enduring contribution, passion and belief in working with people with learning disabilities practising as artists. I’m delighted to have been invited to contributed as part of the steering group in their mission of investment in artists and widening the debates of exclusivity within the visual arts”. Deborah Smith, Curator, Arts Council Collection, National Partners Programme
“Grand Union is delighted to be contributing to the Steering Group for Intoart’s ‘Artist Direct Change’ programme which will significantly develop strategies for growing relationships and opportunities working with people with learning disabilities practising as artists, galleries, museums, and arts organisations nationally”. Grand Union, Gallery and Artists’ studios