The Shape Open 2016 theme ‘My Life' encouraged both disabled and non-disabled artists to creatively express life through the lens of disability. Using an exciting range of mediums such as blood, machinery and modified everyday objects to express their ideas, the artists drew on memory, nostalgia and processes of internal reflection to explore the complexity of this years' theme. The responses are serious-minded, satirical, and often ambiguous, requiring the viewer to consider the different aspects of disability and to challenge the way disability is perceived.
The final artworks were carefully selected for the exhibition by a panel of judges including Yinka Shonibare MBE, Carly Jayne - Shape Open Prize Winner 2014, and from Shape Arts, Tony Heaton OBE and Ben Fredericks (video/audio only).
The exhibition runs from 5 - 21 February 2016 and the preview is on Thursday 4 February 2016, 6-9pm.
Talk: Yinka Shonibare MBE on Becoming an Artist - Wednesday 10 February 2016, 7pm