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About Shape

Shape Arts is a disability led arts organisation working to provide opportunities and support for disabled artists, as well as disabled individuals wanting to work in the arts and cultural sector.  Shape Arts also works with cultural organisations to encourage greater inclusiveness and better confidence in working with disabled people. 

Our founding principle and philosophy is that all disabled people should have the opportunity to participate fully in arts and culture.

About Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary

Shape set up the ARMB in memory of the life and work of Sculptor Adam Reynolds. It is designed to support a mid-career disabled artist or artists, looking to develop their practice and build their profile by offering funds and a three month residency at a high-profile arts venue.

The bursary aims to provide an opportunity for artists to develop their ideas and practice without pressure to deliver a particular outcome such as finished or exhibition-ready work. It operates additionally to provide space, time and financial support within a framework of constructive and creative critical dialogue. 


This year's Shape Arts Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary (ARMB) Winners Exhibition "Oliver MacDonald - Dog Basket Baboon" will be hosted by Artlink, Hull from 20th May to 1st July 2017. It is the first time the ARMB show has been exhibited outside of London. A series of events will accompany the exhibitions.

Following his three month Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary residency at Turner Contemporary, Margate, Artlink and Shape Arts are delighted to present Oliver MacDonald's solo exhibition, 'Dog Basket Baboon'. Traditionally trained as a willow weaver, Oliver explores traditional craft through a conceptual lens, utilising word play and layers of reference to often absurd and humorous ends.  This exhibition presents recent works alongside an installation in which audiences are invited to immerse themselves in Oliver's pseudo-studio.'






Shelley & Di in the Ladies, white Swan Crystal Palace, November 1980 


Preview night Friday 6th July, 6-8pm

Preview talks will be BSL interpreted and large print available


Exhibition dates:  7th July -11th Aug

Artist Talk with Anita Corbin:  Friday 14th July, 7-8.30pm 

Places are limited, To book your place please Click here

Will be BSL Interpreted

In 1981, photographer Anita Corbin captured pivotal "coming of age" moments in the life of 56 young women - all members of different subcultures. The result was an extraordinary collection of portraits against a backdrop of heightened social, cultural and political change. The Skins, Mods, Punks, Rockabillies, New Romantics, Rasta's and young lesbians that Anita photographed represented a new movement of female empowerment.

Now, 36 years later, Anita is asking where those girls are? What's happened to all those women who were so dedicated to their sub cultural tribes and what's happened to their dreams and beliefs? With the help of an Arts Council Grant Anita has re-photograph most of the original girls using new digital technology to create a set of images that will sit alongside the originals in a touring exhibition opening at Artlink. Using tape recordings of interviews from 1981 and recent interviews with the ‘girls' 36 years on, the exhibition brings together two parts of a woman's life and interweaves societal changes related to communication and women's rights.









Preview night Friday 18th August, 6-8pm


Preview talks will be BSL interpreted and large print available


Exhibition dates:  19th Aug- 29th September



The British artist will transform Artlink's gallery space into a multimedia, multi-sensory and immersive show exploring the relationship between visual culture and HIV today. Alien Sex Capsule is formulised around the ‘cruise maze' - a structure common to sex clubs and gay sauna. Using the maze as a directive mechanism Walter's  guides the viewer through a carnival like space filled with painting, sculptural and video pieces converging conversation and research on the complex subject of contemporary sexual health today. Through this interactive process Walter's intention is that the visitor is fully immersed into it a multisensory yet welcoming environment in which hospitality, fortune-telling and comedy are all used to introduce difficult issues to a wide audience and make the subject palatable and interesting with a bit of fun and light humour thrown in. 




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