This list of resources is part of The Future is Loading exhibition. You can view the exhibition on our Instagram and on our website. You can also find an audio described version here. 

The future is loading. Now is the time for action.

In putting this exhibition together, and arising from conversations with the artists about driving positive change in cultural spaces and wider society, we have compiled some links and resources. As these links are to third party content we acknowledge that they may not be accessible to all audiences, but we hope they prove useful to many and maintain the ethos of the exhibition and support its vision for change beyond the show.

Access Docs for Artists  

An Accessibility Manifesto for the Arts by Carmen Papalia

Awkwoods: Daniel Oliver’s dyspraxic adventures in participatory performance by Daniel Oliver

BSL Zone: Black Lives Matter

Care Work: Dreaming disability Justice by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Chronic Pain Zine

Crippled: Austerity and the Demonisation of Disabled People by Frances Ryan 

Disability Studies: A student’s guide edited by Colin Cameron

Disability Visibility by Alice Wong

Dolly Sen and Caroline Cardus’ Section 136: A radical mental health art action programme

Drawn Poorly Zine

Easy Read: George Floyd and Black Lives Matter by Jade French

Easy Read: Social Model of Disability by Shape Arts

Feminist Healthcare Research Group and their Instagram 

Feminism Interrupted by Lola Olufemi

Feminist Queer Crip by Alison Kafer

How To Survive The End of the World podcast with Adrienne Maree Brown and Autumn Brown

How We Became Posthuman: Virtual bodies in cybernetics, literature, and informatics by N. Katherine Hayles


Medical Apartheid and the need to centre Black disability justice talk by Walela Nehanda

Medical Apartheid isn’t some far off myth: I’m Black and I almost died at White Memorial Hospital by Walela Nehanda

Not Going Back to Normal: A Disabled Artists Manifesto

Outside Mental Health: Voices and visions of madness by Will Hall

Panic! Social Class, Taste and Inequalities in the Creative Industries report from Arts Emergency

Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good by Adrienne Maree Brown 

Practicing Conflict (audio resource) by Jeff Kasper

Shy Radicals: The antisystemic politics of the militant introvert by Hamja Ahsan 

Sick Woman Theory by Johanna Hedva

Scoring Care (audio resource) by Jeff Kasper

Study Room Guide on Neurodiversity with Daniel Oliver (podcast)

Surviving Art School: An artist of colour toolkit by Rudy Loewe

The Critical Fish: artist-led writing about arts and culture

The Limping Chicken: The world’s most popular Deaf blog

The Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino

The War on Disabled People: Capitalism, Welfare and the Making of a Human Catastrophe by Ellen Clifford 

Understanding Media: The extensions of man by Marshall McLuhan

Why Iranian women are wearing white on Wednesdays by Nassim Hatam

Working Class Resources from the Working Class Artists Database

Xenofeminism: A politics for alienation by Laboria Cuboniks

You can read more in-depth discussion of these resources and the themes of this year's Shape Open written by our artists, too:

Brothers Sick (Ezra and Noah Benus) - Illness finds us all 

Panteha Abareshi - The Derelict Body: A Xenocrip Reader