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'Cells - A Body of Work' by Proud and Loud Arts, at Whitworth Art Gallery

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Art without labels
Proud and Loud Arts group are set to turn hate into art at Manchester's Whitworth Gallery and Tate Liverpool.

Cells - A Body of Work (#CABOW) - is a 'collection of live performance installations in response to the rise in reported hate crime towards people living with disability labels'.

CABOW incluhour-longur long group production entitled Affirmations. The live installation prompts audiences to 'move around the room and observe as the performers transform and perspectives shift'.

Be prepared to be handed a glass of champagne, but also be prepared to be put in a (safe) place where no one can find you!

The artists will infuse the gallery with nine works and a variety of workshops, discussions and, if you fancy a dance - a disco! Eight individual artists will perform live, 'responding to the labels they are confronted with in their lives'.

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Untitled (Nick Prince - Performed by Darryl Duncan) "I will not explain".

The installations were created by Proud & Loud artists in collaboration with a team of 'highly experienced local Artists'. The original impetus was a Manchester Evening News report, in October 2015, describing a 140 per cent rise in reported hate crime incidents against people with disabilities: 'Hate crime in Greater Manchester rises rapidly'

Sadly, hate crimes against people living with disabilities have not become a thing of the past. The Home Office's Statistical Bulletin 20/18 (October 2018) revealed that In 2017/18, the police recorded 7,226 disability hate crimes which was an increase of 30 per cent.

The parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee, chaired by Yvette Cooper MP, produced a report in May 2017 entitled 'Abuse, hate and extremism online'.

The report quotes Shane Gorman, an advisor on hate crime to the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity which 'supports disabled people in the UK and around the world'. He said: "It is bad enough for someone to become socially isolated, to be cut off in their own community [ ] but when they are at home and people can target them through their computer, it can have a great effect."

University of Manchester, Whitworth Art Gallery, Art, Proud and Loud Arts, Tate Liverpool
Distorted Beauty (Kelly Hoye) "Reflections on a past. It made me but it will not own me"

Proud & Loud Arts was established in 2000. The disability-led arts charity creates 'accessible performance which explores social understanding and the use of disability labels'. They
encourage their artists to 'explore, articulate and express themselves freely and without censorship'.

Speaking about Cells - A Body of Work (#CABOW), Artistic Director of Proud and Loud Arts, Tom Hogan, said:

"This is an exciting group of emerging artists who have developed beautiful, and at times mind blowing, immersive performances."

He added:

"Each work of art is a unique piece that pushes and challenges our sometimes rigid understanding of identity."

University of Manchester, Whitworth Art Gallery, Art, Proud and Loud Arts, Tate Liverpool
'Space Adex' (Michael Gleave) "It's about an alien, microphone, coffin, dying. I've been dying for years. We're all dying. It's a funeral for everyone."

The Whitworth was created in 1889 as the first English gallery in a park. It opened a new chapter on 14 February 2015 when a new extension and Art Garden were first unveiled to visitors.

The 15m redevelopment project by MUMA (McInnes Usher McKnight Architects) doubled the public space and created new facilities, including gallery spaces, a learning studio, study centre and a collections access zone.

5th - 11th Nov Tate Liverpool Liverpool, L3 4BB
(#CABOW forms part of DaDaFest International, returning to Liverpool City Region for 2018)

23rd - 25th Nov Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester, M15 6ER

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'In My Own Time' (Janet Charlesworth) "A piece about setting your own place for an intimate dining experience with time. When someone sits down it's very hypnotising just because it takes time doesn't always mean that I'm struggling or need help."

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Why? Performance Installations to Make You Dance and Think, at the Whitworth and Liverpool Tate
When: 5th - 25th November 2018
Phone: 0161 275 7450
Where: Whitworth, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER
Cost: Free
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