This week, Week 5, has been jam packed with Justice Quilt action and as the quilt departs the awesome People’s History Museum in Manchester we thought we’d update you on the next stop on it’s tour. Last year Chris Hatton and Hannah Morgan adopted Day 49 in the original #107days with colleagues at Lancaster. Then last September, the Quilt was unveiled at Lancaster University at the CEDR conference, and now it is returning for a brief residency.
Live at LICA is turning its gallery into a social space complete with café bar to explore the question – what is a 21st century art centre?
It’s a question we feel is fundamental to the culture industry right now and will be at the core of OPEN, our annual season that presents and discusses ideas for the future with our communities, artists and peers.
We feel an art centre should be communal and tell us who we are and who we want to be; if not a social movement, it should at least provide a deeper awareness and sense of place. It should have a design that can situate all disciplines together in the search for knowledge and understanding and have at its core the unique process and language of art, which is able to articulate things that cannot be expressed otherwise.
As part of Open 2015 there will be three related #JusticeforLB events.
For one day only, Mon 18 May, the Sparrowhawk Art Exhibition will see art collected as part of the campaign on temporary display in the ground floor of the Gallery. Alongside the Justice Quilt, the #JusticeforLB flag that debuted at Glastonbury 2014 will also be on display, with the Bus Pictures drawn as part of #107days and the beautiful wall hanging that Briony made last year.
There will also be a Campaign Talk on Monday 18 May that you are all very welcome to:
Join Prof Chris Hatton of the Centre for Disability Research, Lancaster University, Dr Sara Ryan and others at 3pm for a panel discussion on the #JusticeforLB campaign.
The #JusticeforLB campaign broadly agitates to change the way that people with learning disabilities and their families are treated and valued by society.
The talk will provide background to the campaign, and discuss how a crowdsourced project works, the success of the grass roots digital campaign and the importance of artwork as an expression of political resistance and thought.
On Saturday 23 May, Open15 has a family community day and as part of that there will be a #JusticeforLB pop-up picnic, as first announced here. Designed to ensure every child gets the chance to attend a party where they’re welcome, we hope many of you will make it.
The quilt will be on display throughout Open15 and we hope that many of you will make it along to Lancaster, and don’t forget to share what you think with us.