The bodyparts exhibition at the Asia House Gallery will feature works created by some of the UK’s leading disabled and able bodied artists. The artworks were commissioned to represent the artist’s response to societal perceptions of able and disabled bodies. They are based on research undertaken by the PASCCAL project team about the visibility of disabled athletes following the Paralympics in 2012 and 2016.
Pieces by artists such as Tony Heaton OBE, Gemma Nash, Ellie Niblock and James Lake will be on display from 2 - 5 July using a variety of media including sculpture, immersive film and a sound installation.
Project Principal Investigator Professor Michael Silk said: “bodyparts provides a window into societal perceptions of disability in our present day. It highlights some of the realities for people living with disabilities, some of the future challenges and opportunities to ensure that people with disabilities can participate fully in everyday life.”
The PASCCAL project is a collaboration with colleagues at Loughborough University, the University of Bath, Nottingham Trent University, and the Western University, Ontario. The project team were awarded a grant in 2017 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
Professor Silk added: “People should visit the exhibition to see how far we have come as a society with regard to attitudes towards disability. Visitors will learn about the pivotal role of the Paralympics and of media coverage of the Paralympics in influencing understanding and shifting attitudes towards disability.”
The exhibition will be open from 10am – 5pm on Tuesday 2 July and 10am – 6pm on Wednesday 3 – Friday 5th July at the Asia House Gallery, 63 New Cavendish Street London W1G 7LP.
Read more about the research that the exhibition is based on via PASCCAL's website.