Open: 5 Feb - 21 Feb 2016; Thursday - Sunday 12pm - 5pm. 

Preview: 4 Feb 2016; 6pm-9pm

Talk: Yinka Shonibare MBE on Becoming an Artist - Wednesday 10 February 2016 - 7pm 

This year, the ground-breaking annual Shape Open exhibition will be at Guest Projects space, hosted by Shape Open Patron Yinka Shonibare MBE.

The Shape Open 2016 theme ‘My Life’ encouraged both disabled and non-disabled artists to creatively express life through the lens of disability.

Using an exciting range of mediums such as blood, machinery and modified everyday objects to express their ideas, the artists drew on memory, nostalgia and processes of internal reflection to explore the complexity of this years’ theme.

The responses are serious-minded, satirical, and often ambiguous, requiring the viewer to consider the different aspects of disability and to challenge the way disability is perceived.

The final artworks were carefully selected for the exhibition by a panel of judges including Yinka Shonibare MBE, Carly Jayne – Shape Open Prize Winner 2014, and from Shape Arts, Tony Heaton OBE and Ben Fredericks (video/audio only).

List of exhibiting artists:

Tony Allen, Ally Bain, Regina Lafay Bellamy, Sally Booth, Andrew Brenton, E Crowe, Alice Dass, Angela Edmonds, Joshua Fox, Rachel Gadsden, Liliana Gallagher, Sara Ellen Glanfield, Jack Haslam, Piotr Jastak, Carl Jaycock and Zareen Rustom, JunkSoupArt, Fae Kilburn, Violetta Liszka, Peter Mansell, Aaron McPeake, Brigitte Mierau, Graham Miller, Kate Murdoch, Stephen Muszynski, Clare Newton, Susanne Dagmar Olsen, Justin Piccirilli, J Price, Paula de Santis Smith, Maxwell Rushton, Patricia Uter, Joanne Weaver, Anne White  , Dave Wood, Jason Wilsher-Mills, Fiona Wright, Emiko Yamaguchi and Sonja Zelic.

Click here to view the catalogue.

Find Guest Projects

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Nearest Tube: Bethnal Green

Nearest Overground: Hoxton 

Buses: D6, 26, N26, 48, 55, N55, 106, 388, 236, 254, N253, and 394

Link to Transport For London access guides:  

Parking: Andrews Road has very limited parking, although there are some pay and display bays; these can be used by blue badge holders. For details go to: 

Photo Journey Directions

Bethnal Green Station: download guide here.

Cambridge Heath Station: download guide here.

Hoxton Station: download guide here.

Exhibition Access

Guest Projects is wheelchair accessible and audio description will be available for pieces in the exhibition.

Wheelchair accessible Audio Description available   

This is one of a series of events marking Shape’s 40th anniversary celebrations.  To support our campaign to promote inclusion in the arts, go to: 

To contact us for further information, please call 0207 424 7330 or email [email protected] 

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Image: Stone of Stumbling, Rock of Offence - Justin Piccirilli

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