2016 - 2020
The EXPLORERS project is a three year programme of awareness raising and encounter workshops, happenings, productions, commissions, exhibitions and seminars in collaboration with people who have complex needs and those who support them.
Taking place against a backdrop of increased hardship and intolerance toward disabled people, the aim is to develop positive relationships between cultural organisations and the social care sector and to reposition people who have complex needs at the forefront of mainstream culture.
The programme led by Project Art Works will take place at partner galleries across the country with Autograph ABP, Fabrica, De La Warr Pavilion, MK Gallery, National Institute for Experimental Arts UNSW, Photoworks and Tate Liverpool.
The EXPLORERS programme includes the development of up to six co-commissions with partners and collaborators. Partner organisations may be supported by additional and bespoke ‘encounter’ events and new ways of commissioning artists and content that references neurodiversity as part of their main artistic and curatorial programmes.
Fabrica’s co-comission of Peter Hudson’s “In Colour” was a non-verbal, immersive and inclusive light installation that serves as a pilot for future Explorers gallery co commissions. During the research period Peter observed 4 workshop studio sessions and Art Breaks for families at Project Art Works. He went on to create a development space to test his ideas over 6 days with our participants.
Project Art Works is an artist-led organisation that makes and promotes ART as a means of connection with and for people with complex needs. They collaborate with neurodiverse communities, galleries, health and social care agencies to promote inclusion in civic and cultural life.
EXPLORERS is funded by the Arts Council England Ambition for Excellence.
Discover more at explorersproject.org