Open Call: Collaborative project with artist sean burn

Supported by Arts Council England, Change Makers

Monday 24 April, 19.00 – 20.30 and Tuesday 25 April, 10.30 – 16.30

The Art House, Drury Lane, Wakefield, WF1 2TE

The Art House is inviting applications from artists and writers with lived experience of mental distress to join artist sean burn for an unreliable narrator tour on Tuesday 25 April, as part of his residency at The Art House. Starting at The Art House, where refreshments, sketchbooks and basic art materials will be provided, the tour will include visits to Wakefield Museum, the site of the former West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum – now luxury housing – and the Mental Health Museum, Fieldhead Hospital. The tour will present opportunities for discussion, within the group and with museum curators, to challenge institutional narratives of mental health through objects, artworks and sites. The day will allow artists and writers space to develop ideas for new work, with the opportunity to contribute to a publication and exhibition at The Art House in September 2017.

On Monday 24 April, the evening prior to the unreliable narrator tour, sean will perform with added nuts. Growing out of sean’s lived experiences of mental distress, with added nuts combines disability arts with spoken word, visual poetry and creative resistance. Participants in the unreliable narrator tour will need to attend this performance as a shared starting point for the following day.

sean burn is a writer, performer and self-taught artist with an international reputation and active involvement in disability arts:

Change Makers is an Arts Council England funding initiative aiming to increase the diversity of senior leadership in art and culture by helping train leaders who are Black, minority ethnic and/or disabled through a targeted senior leadership development programme. The Art House Change Maker is Hannah Mason, who has an enabling and trailblazing role, inspiring and leading change. Change Makers also provides development opportunities for organisations to work towards reflecting the diversity of contemporary society through their programmes, and across their audiences, workforces and partnerships. This residency is supported with funding from the Change Makers initiative.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided, and both events are free for all participants.

Please download the Application Form here.

The closing date for applications is Monday 27 March, 2017.

If you would like further information about this event, please do not hesitate to contact Emily Riddle (Programme Assistant, The Art House):


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