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The Way Ahead – Public Artwork Launch

JULY 2021 

In July we are launching a brand-new piece of public artwork which will be on show in Mandela Gardens. This work has been developed by artist Caroline Cardus, and the disabled community of South Yorkshire, and will express through the medium of road signs, the barriers they have faced to accessibility.

This is part of national project Here and Now which you can find out more about here.

Fat Life Drawing X The Civic

THURSDAY 1ST JULY

We are going to be running a series of collaborative classes with the wonderful Fat Life Drawing throughout the No Boundaries season.

Fat Life Drawing is made up of Emily and Isobel; two sisters living in London and Harrogate who put together FLD after finding that most life drawing sessions lacked diversity and inclusivity.

Their goal has been to create a comfortable and safe, judgement-free space for like-minded creatives to come together.

They have been running virtual classes since June 2020 and have raised over £21,000 for various charities and fundraisers.

The sessions are conducted over Zoom, with a link being sent out to participants a short time beforehand.

We hope you can join us!

Artwork: @aimee.does.nothing

Perfect Imperfects – Jasper Pedyo

TUESDAY 18TH MAY – SATURDAY 17TH JULY 2021

Our Gallery will be opening on 18 May with Perfect Imperfects, a solo exhibition by Jasper Pedyo.

Jasper has already won the prestigious 2018 Free Range exhibition prize in London, for his striking mixed media paintings which feature a bold use of binary colours on stretched and shaped canvases.

Jasper has visited the gallery from a very young age and it’s great to see how his practice has developed over those years.

Jasper on how contemporary culture influences his work:

I paint contemporary culture without necessarily having to obviously state what it is. I take what I think is aesthetically pleasing about an object and intensify it by simplifying it and reducing it to its bare elements. You might not necessarily recognise what my paintings were inspired by, but that’s not the point.”

Although visiting the exhibition is free, advanced booking is required at this time. 

Tamar & Jo Doorstep Dances

w/c 12TH OR 19TH JULY 2021

4 individual dance pieces choreographed by established and acclaimed choreographers presented on the audience’s doorsteps/ gardens/ driveways.  Audiences will book a slot and the dancers will travel to them to perform.

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Toy Box Tales

WOMBWELL LIBRARY –
SATURDAY 3RD
JULY – SATURDAY 31ST JULY

Toy Box Tales is a pop-up exhibition with learning resources touring libraries and schools in Barnsley, throughout 2021 and 2022. Enabling playful conversations about disability, Toy Box Tales celebrates difference and explores how equipment, building design and social environments can affect life with a disability.

Toy Box Tales is an exhibition of 12 stunning graphic art images featuring toys with disabilities, including Hulk with a diabetic line, Lego Superman in a wheelchair and Princess Elsa with limb difference. This important and inspiring collection arrives in Barnsley through a year-long partnership between The Civic and the toy and arts organisation Toy Like Me, who advocates for inclusive and positive representation of children with disability in toys.

For library opening times, click here

toy like me - barbie image

Toy Box Tales

WOMBWELL LIBRARY –
SATURDAY 3RD
JULY – SATURDAY 31ST JULY

Toy Box Tales is a pop-up exhibition with learning resources touring libraries and schools in Barnsley, throughout 2021 and 2022. Enabling playful conversations about disability, Toy Box Tales celebrates difference and explores how equipment, building design and social environments can affect life with a disability.

Toy Box Tales is an exhibition of 12 stunning graphic art images featuring toys with disabilities, including Hulk with a diabetic line, Lego Superman in a wheelchair and Princess Elsa with limb difference. This important and inspiring collection arrives in Barnsley through a year-long partnership between The Civic and the toy and arts organisation Toy Like Me, who advocates for inclusive and positive representation of children with disability in toys.

Caroline Cardus – The Way Ahead, Exhibition

SATURDAY 26TH JUNE 2021 – SATURDAY 7TH AUGUST 2021

The Way Ahead was created by artist Caroline Cardus to reflect the issues disabled people wish the government and society was addressing more thoroughly in an accessible, subversive and humorous way.  It was originally intended to be a 6-month community art project but 17 years later it is still in demand as a disability art protest piece which clearly demonstrates there is much more to be done, and much more to say.

The rules of the road are a wonderful visual system. Information is easily communicated through the arrangement of simple shapes and symbols. When it comes to travel, we have found a system most people can understand easily. The Way Ahead was inspired by a wish that such a system could exist for disability awareness.

As the artist behind the piece Caroline Cardus explains: “Through personal experience, I knew a lot of it could be simple common sense, yet met many people who were intimidated by disability awareness or access requirements. So, I decided to put the two subjects together, and subvert the formula (a method beloved of activists and artists), to see whether it could work in another context.”

This exhibition has been co-commissioned with Shape Arts

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