The Many Costs of Living is part of our annual Adam Reynolds Award programme. Selected artists are part of the annual Adam Reynolds Award Shortlist exhibition.

Disabled artists take to the street! The Many Costs of Living, our 2022 Adam Reynolds Award Shortlist Exhibition, online and on billboards across the UK.

13th March - 23rd March 2023

Experience the exhibition from 13th March

We are living through a sustained period of crisis, but this intense difficulty and danger is not evenly felt. Disabled people are disproportionately impacted by the rising costs of living, with greater portions of income used on necessary expenses like energy bills, medication, and transport. The daily costs of living for disabled people are one of the most significant barriers they face. In a time of spiralling inflation, the chaos of a crumbling welfare state and national infrastructure, and set against a backdrop of climate breakdown, this has turned into an ongoing crisis. The Many Costs of Living is a collective response to this emergency.

Making use of alternative, public platforms for exhibition, this artistic campaign is designed, through medium and message, to generate unexpected moments of communication, solidarity, and perhaps, even, a little relief.

The Many Costs of Living picks up threads of conversation started by 2022’s Adam Reynolds Award winner, Jay Price, and their major artwork unveiled last year: The Mine. Through an interactive and evolving virtual narrative, Jay’s work makes reference to the role of mass dissemination (wide and popular distribution) and technologies like the Printing Press in the defiance and survival of marginalised groups. In adopting a cheaper, more efficient approach to the sharing of knowledge, the disenfranchised were empowered. These artworks follow this method, not only seeking to widen the reach of their collective impact, but to bring into question where we draw the lines that define an exhibition in the first place.

The Adam Reynolds Award is Shape Arts' flagship award, set up in 2008 in memory of the life and work of sculptor Adam Reynolds. It is designed to support mid-career disabled artists through bursary, residency, and exhibition opportunities. The Many Costs of Living is the 2022-23 ARA Shortlist exhibition, and takes the Awardee’s work as its original inspiration.

Access Information:
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Billboards are viewable 24 hours a day

Wheelchair Accessible
Wheelchair Accessible

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The banners are in public locations next to pavements in various locations
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Audio Description of online works

Banner Image: A rippled sheet of fabric in pinks, yellows and white with black text that reads: '#The Many Costs of Living' is arranged on a grey background. To the right in black text it reads: '13.03.2023 Bell Milroy, Hanecdote, Justin Piccirilli, Kirkwood Brothers.'

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