This year we have increased our focus on accessibility and inclusion. Our advisors and project leads introduce some of these initiatives here.
Possible Futures Exhibition
Since August 2020, our network has been discussing different solutions for sharing artwork with audiences. A large scale group show was one such solution. We have appreciated collaborating with Dark Yellow Dot and Gnome House to realise the Possible Futures Exhibition.
“Dark Yellow Dot is a platform I established to create opportunities for emerging artists by partnering with individuals and community groups like Artillery of the E17 Art Trail that care about bringing real artists into real spaces, making art accessible to real people.”
Lauren Little, Dark Yellow Dot and curator Possible Futures Exhibition
Worthy - NBAM
Worthy was an ‘analogue’ project reaching people who were being digitally excluded during the Covid-19 pandemic, providing an opportunity for those who live with long term health conditions to be a part of a community focused art by post project that considered ideas of worth and value.
“The E17 Art Trail is a great way of bringing our participants together and sharing the mail art project with the community, reflecting on the past year and what worth and value means.”
Neesha Badhan, NBAM
We have encouraged our artists and makers to do as much as they can to provide access to their exhibitions and events, taking into account that many have limited resources, and many Art Trail activities take place in people’s homes and private studios. Because it won’t be possible to provide access for all at all exhibitions and events, one of our priorities has been to provide more information about accessibility, in order to support people to make informed choices.
“Everyone should have the opportunity to be involved in creative activities, and it’s our collective responsibility to make this happen. It’s my hope that this will enable us to welcome more disabled people and others who have access requirements to access as much of the E17 Art Trail as possible.”
Sarah Teichler, Access Consultant & Inclusion Advisor
We have so valued the insights and direction from our Inclusion Advisory Group made possible by funding from the Culture Recovery Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund, distributed by City Bridge Trust through the London Community Response Fund.
“Being part of the inclusion advisors and artist peer support sessions, I would like to think that my representation was bringing voices such as mine, to further enhance the ongoing conversation of inclusion!”
Sba Shaikh, Inclusion Advisor
Farah Ishaq has led on Artist Support as we prepare for the festival. More than any of us, she has been at the end of the phone, picking up emails and messages, comments and queries on our social media platform.
“It’s been thrilling to support our artists and organisers over the last six months and I’m excited to see the array of works developed by newcomers and experienced Trailers alike. From piloting peer groups and bringing together expert panels, we have had to find new ways of helping creatives develop their thoughts into events and feel some sense of connection. I can’t wait to see the events take place and I look forward to seeing how the festival artists develop post-Art Trail too!”
Farah Ishaq, Artist Support
An Art Trail in Minecraft
“When I was thinking about how to produce the E17 Art Trail my son said “Why don’t you just do it in Minecraft ?” like it was the most obvious thing in the world. So, we’re developing a project for Minecraft enthusiasts and hope to share some of the things created at the William Morris Gallery for the festival. Please be in touch for details on how to get involved at firstname.lastname@example.org. Initially we will host a world on a server for people to contribute their ideas and host some sessions for young people aged 11-18, but the project could take any shape as directed by you!”
Laura Kerry, Co-Director Artillery
Thanks to Leon Thompson for concept and technical consultancy, Ethan Thompson for creative direction, Max Caminada for concept art, and William Morris Big Local for project funding.
The day after we sent this years Trail Guide to print we began selecting 4 artists for the Same Sky Artist Residency. See instagram and online for updates of where to discover Same Sky pilots in our urban outdoor spaces.
“Making creative activities happen outdoors can be one of the most accessible ways for people to find out about the festival. It’s great to be partnering again with the Beyond Barbican team to enable artists to test their latest ideas for participative creative projects in our high streets and parks.”
Morag McGuire, Co-Director Artillery
A reminder of what expect to expect out on the trail...
Graphic design for the Possible Futures festival theme by Studio April