The Shape Open 2017 - 'Power: The Politics of Disability' – is 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?

The Open is an annual exhibition produced and curated by Shape. Supported by artist Yinka Shonibare MBE as its Patron, it provides a valuable space where disabled and non-disabled artists can discuss views and ideas about issues and topics which are often sidelined within artistic debate.

This year’s artists exhibiting are:

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.

The exhibition takes place at the Ecology Pavilion, Mile End Park, opening on Thursday 19 January and continuing until Thursday 2 February 2017 - the night of the Private View, which is open to the public and takes place from 6.30 to 8.30pm. The exhibition is open every day from 10am to 6pm, except Mondays.

See you there!

Banner image: Dolly Sen - Help The Normals

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This event is accessible and totally free to attend, including the private view. There is no need to RSVP for the exhibition or Private View, you can just turn up and enjoy our exhibition.

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