Banner image: 'The Mine' (working title), WIP sketch (2022), Jay Price

The Adam Reynolds Award and bursary is designed to support the practice of a mid-career disabled artist. Jay Price’s new project will offer a subversive memorial exposing the human cost of ableism.

'The Mine' (working title) is a new work from artist Jay Price created with support from Shape Arts and Hot Knife Digital Media as part of 2022’s Adam Reynolds Award (ARA). The ARA offers mid-career disabled artists development opportunities and creative commissions in addition to a £10k bursary. 

Building on Price’s existing corpus of artworks shining a light on the marginalisation of disabled people in society today, 'The Mine' virtually immerses its audience in the harsh reality of our present society structured around ableist ideologies. With allusions to eugenics, benefit cuts, and the impact of the pandemic,'The Mine' will combine computer-generated, interactive environments with traditional memorial-making media to tell a vital and incendiary story. ‘I give fair warning…if you see injustice, you take on a responsibility for your actions that cannot be undone. You can be wilfully ignorant, or face the impact of empathy.’

A computer-generated three dimensional model of a gallery-like environment. The room has no windows, implying it is underground. The model is layered with lighting effects which also show light seeping down from an upper level in thin beams, lighting the dark basement patchily. Several avatars appear to be moving around the space. Placeholder canvases line the walls.

‘The Mine’ (working title), WIP CGI shots (2022) by Jay Price, credit: Jay Price/Hot Knife Digital Media/Shape Arts

Jeff Rowlings, Shape’s Head of Programme, said: “In making the 2022 Adam Reynolds Award to Jay Price, we are privileged to be supporting an artist whose skill, talent, and dedication to their practice brings to us work of stark rawness honed with an intricacy of detail that ripples across the senses. We are so happy to be working with Jay on a project in a digital environment where their radical vision can break through new forms and media – leading to a series of fascinating revelations.”

Jay Price, artist, said: “I’m completely honoured to be this year’s recipient of the Adam Reynolds Award. I’ve followed the work of the many incredible artists that have received the award before me, and have been highly impacted by their work and that of Adam Reynolds himself, as well as the powerful acts and opportunities he created for artists during his life.

This award and residency has allowed me to think outside the box and ambitiously, in a way I wouldn’t have been able to without this support from Shape Arts and Hot Knife. ARA has offered me a voice and a platform, something I value so, so deeply. I truly hope and endeavour to use this opportunity to offer up something back of equal value. I am immensely grateful.”

Banner image description: Basic black and white sketch of a brick basement wall. The top of the wall is lined with three horizontal stained glass windows. Beneath the windows, sprawling graffiti reads ‘scroungers.’ Next to the graffiti is an unlocked door in a state of disrepair. On the door, a sign reads: ‘evacuation plan: get out as no one is coming for you.’