We are artists who face barriers. Deaf and disabled people contribute a richness and diversity to the arts and cultural sector.
We want to increase cultural participation of Deaf and disabled people by building capacity for arts engagement through innovative models of familiarisation with arts, arts participation, arts making and the use of integrated accessible communications. – Statement by Armature#2 artists.
Some of Adelaide’s Deaf and disabled artists, all participants in Access2Arts 2013/14 Armature program have joined about 200,000 people, from over 112 countries globally to participate a large-scale, participatory art project, INSIDE OUT.
INSIDE OUT offers people from across the globe the opportunity to share their portrait and make a statement for what they stand for, sharing their untold stories and transforming messages of personal identity into works of public art. INSIDE OUT was the brainchild of JR, a semi-anonymous French street artist, began his career as a teenage graffiti artist and describes himself as a described himself as a “photograffeur”. His work combines art and action and deals with commitment, freedom, identity and limits.
During TED2011, after winning the TED Prize, JR made his daring wish: to use art to turn the world inside out. He called for the creation of a global participatory art project with the potential to change the world – INSIDE OUT.
Now in 2014 the participants in the Armture#2 project independently organised an Inside Out Project Group Action to share the spirit of JR’s wish in Adelaide. Armature Artists Joanne Chua, Chelle Destefano, Chris Dyke, Jenny Georgi, Lorcan Hopper, David Paul Jobling, James Kurtze, Ad’m Martin, Kirsty Martinsen, John McMahon, John Willanski and Leon Woods paste-up their portraits to support artists facing barriers. And they are using the SALA festival to face-off with Adelaide.
The Armature Portrait Paste-up opens on Saturday 2 August 2014 at 3pm at Anster Street (lane way off of Waymouth Street, Adelaide) and can be seen until 29 August 2014. Find out more on the Access2Arts EVENTS page or read the first hand experiences of Armature#2 participant, David Paul Jobling.
The Armature#2 project was funded through a grant from Arts SA’s Richard Llewellyn Arts and Disability program.