Power: The Politics of Disability

19 January - 2 February 2017
The Ecology pavilion, Mile End Park

The Shape Open 2017 - 'Power: The Politics of Disability' was a group exhibition of artwork created by both disabled and non-disabled artists in response to themes such as: how do we creatively challenge the language of power, politics and disability? To what extent do we need art to be a form of political protest? Where do art, disability and politics meet? How powerful are disabled people?

Winning artist: Richard Hunt
People's Choice Award winner: Jay Price

Participating Artists: Michelle Anderson, Margaret Ashman, Ulla Bech-Bruun, Matthew Berry, Lizz Brady, Klara Cecmanova, Zoe Clifford, Conor Collins, Susanne Dagmar Olsen, Beth Davis-Hofbauer, Paula De Santis Smith, Angela Edmonds, Rachel Gadsden, Jack Haslam, Yucheng He, Annie Ho Cooper, Sophie Hoyle, Linda Hubbard, Richard Hunt, Lin Johnson, Susan Kruse, James Lake, Nicola Lane, Vince Laws, Cheryl Loom, Aaron McPeake, Scott Michael, Brigitte Mierau, Paul David Mitchell, Aidan Moesby, Sam Moreno Alamein, Jennie Pedley, Benedict Phillips, Justin Piccirilli, Jay Price, Dawn Richards, Ivan Riches, Lizzy Rose, Dolly Sen, Skye Shadowlight, Suzanne Smith, Rachael Smith, Bob Spriggs, Joanne Stewart, Jason Wilsher-Mills

For the full event listing and information on the 2017 Open please click here, and to read the announcement of the winners click here.

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Members of the public looking at some of the artwork in the white gallery space

Yinka Shonibare MBE looking at the winning artwork piece in the white gallery space


Banner Image: one of the exhibiting artworks for the Shape Open by James Lake - 'Home'

First Insert Image: members of the public at the exhibition

Second Insert Image: Shape Patron Yinka Shonibare MBE looking at the winning piece

All images c. Rachel Cherry