Shape Open Retrospective

Date: Opening Thursday 1 November 2018 from 6pm – 9pm
Continues Friday 2 – Sunday 11 November
Location: Hoxton Arches, Arch 402, Cremer St, London E2 8HD.
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ActionSpace artist Tony Allan is taking part in Shape Open Retrospective at Hoxton Arches. He is exhibiting artwork alongside other artists along the topic of Cumulative Effect: Disability and the welfare state. Tony Allan is a resident artist at ActionSpace in our Cockpit studio on Fridays. His work is characterised by his punchy sense of humour and unique perspective on the world. He often uses language and slogans to inspire viewers to take a different look at society.

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2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the National Assistance Act, a key pillar to the welfare state structure which still forms the framework of UK public services today. A retrospective of the past six years of the ShapeOpen, this exhibition re-examines a selection of key works from within a political framework, considering the history of disability policy and life for disabled people in a welfare state.

Whilst varying in theme every year, the Shape Open has provided artists, both disabled and non-disabled, with the platform to highlight their viewpoints on disability issues and topics which are often side-lined within artistic debate. Shape showcases their work from a new perspective, reflecting on the continuities and changes in societal attitudes towards disability in the past 70 years.

Exhibiting Artists: Jon Adams; Tony Allen; Katherine Araniello; Lizz Brady; Charles Burns; Arjun Harrison-Mann; Beth Davis-Hofbauer; Stephen Lee Hodgkins; Sophie Hoyle; Carly Jane; James Lake; Vince Laws; Scott Michael; Aidan Moesby; Kate Murdoch; Amy Louise Nettleton; Bekki Perriman; Justin Piccirilli; Jay Price; Lizzy Rose; Elinor Clare Rowlands; Dolly Sen; Aminder Virdee; Ker Wallwork; Jason Wilsher-Mills; The Vacuum Cleaner.

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