In the late 1980s and early 1990s, disabled activists named Reasonable Adjustment (RAD) fought Margaret Thatcher’s right-wing government and an oppressive medical establishment to gain rights. Regarded as terrorists by some and freedom fighters by others, their actions included a shooting by blind activists during a live BBC TV broadcast and the bombing of Euston Underground station in protest at a lack of accessible transport. In our latest exhibition, Justin Edgar showcases artefacts he has collected over 30 years which document the Reasonable Adjustment movement.
To tie in with our current exhibition, Reasonable Adjustment: the Disabled Armed Resistance Movement, we are hosting a panel discussion with Justin Edgar and panellists from the disability arts and disability rights arenas. Chaired by Jo Verrent, Senior Producer at Unlimited, we will be discussing not only the divisive RAD movement but also the continuing relevance of what drove them to such extreme action.
Join us on 04 March for the opportunity to learn more about the exhibition, the history, the ongoing struggles of those disabled by our society, and to ask your own questions of our panel.
Refreshments will be available throughout the night.
Reasonable Adjustment: the Disabled Armed Resistance Movement is commissioned and supported by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from Arts Council England.
About the panel:
Justin Edgar: As a filmmaker Justin Edgar worked on films such as Notes on Blindness which was nominated for 3 BAFTAs, Ian Dury biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and 2017’s Oscar shortlisted Unrest which was made by a woman with ME.
His company 104 films were identified as future creative industry leaders by the Guardian.
Jo Verrent: Jo works as Senior Producer for Unlimited, a programme run by Shape and Artsadmin. You can find out more about her in this interview on weareunlimited.org.uk.
Gill Crawshaw: Gill is a curator and activist, with a particular interest in disability arts. She was the West Yorkshire organiser for DAN (the Disabled People’s Direct Action Network) in the 1990s.
Tony Heaton OBE: Is a practising Sculptor, Chair of Shape Arts and Consultant/Advisor to many major cultural organisations, including The British Council, Tate and the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries. He is the initiator of NDACA – the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive.
He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, 2013, for services to the arts and the disability arts movement and has an Alumni Award from Lancaster University and honorary Doctorates from both the University of Leicester and the new University Bucks.
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