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For this year’s Brighton Digital Festival, Sarah Pickthall co-curator of Watershed's BBC SPACE commission PUSH ME and Fabrica are joining forces to create an event that explores the opportunities that digital offers disabled creatives.
We want to explore what the digital space offers beyond access. Access is important but what about aesthetics, engagement and representation? How are disabled creatives making their voice heard in the digital world? How can their work alter and inform that space? What does that mean for other disabled creatives, artists and the world at large?
Adventures in (The) Space will begin with two presentations each followed by a short Q & A session.
The first by Sarah Pickthall on PUSH ME will be accompanied by a screening of some of the short films created for The Space, the BBC’s online arts channel. Sarah will explore what the opportunity has meant for the curators and the creatives involved, outlining some of the challenges along the way.
The second presentation will feature Sarah Watson and Jason Eade from the steering committee of Carousel's Oska Bright film festival. Sarah and Jason will screen some work and talk about Oska Bright and its new digital incarnation.
The two presentations will be followed by a panel brought together to talk through some of the issues raised and answer questions from the audience. The panel will be Sarah Pickthall from PUSH ME, Jon Pratty, Relationship Manager for Digital and the Creative Economy at Arts Council England, Sarah Watson and Jason Eade of the Oska Bright Film Festival also in The Space and and Max St John a consultant at NixonMcInnes, who helps clients embed more digital and social ways of thinking and working.
To round out the evening there will an opportunity to carry on the conversation over a drink.
PUSH ME is one of the 53 digital arts commissions for The Space. Its a collaboration led by Watershed - an invitation into the journey of 12 artists working as part of Unlimited, for the Cultural Olympiad. You can see the growing PUSH ME collection on The Space here.
“Our vision is audaciously ambitious. We want to use The Space to amplify the impact of the artists. This has the power to change the way in which disability and creativity are viewed throughout the cultural sector. So go on. PUSH ME.”- Sarah Pickthall
As part of its ongoing commitment to the professional development of artists, Fabrica continues to be interested in supporting all artists and creatives to find their place and their voice in the digital world.
"We see this year's event for the Digital Festival as a logical extension from the series of events we held last year and I'm delighted to be working with Sarah to put this event together, on a subject, which I'm convinced, is hugely important, timely and above all fascinating."- Laurence Hill, Head of Audiences, Fabrica
Doors open 6pm for a 6.30pm start.
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