Today’s episode is about curation with artist Anna Berry. Anna is the first curator-in-residence in a programme created by DASH, a visual arts charity in the UK led by disabled people that connects disabled curators to major visual arts organizations. I spoke with Anna last year in the middle of her residency at the Midlands Art Center which is located in the city of Birmingham. For folks in the Midlands region of the UK, the exhibit Anna curated, titled, “Art and Social Change: The Disability Arts Movement,” is open now until March 22, 2020. In our conversation, Anna is going to demystify what curation is, she’ll also share her experiences of making her access needs known during her residency, and why we need more disabled curators in the arts.
Anna Berry is an artist who creates socially- and politically-conscious work, often large kinetic installation, and working with paper. Very much an art-world outsider, her work is usually shown in non-gallery environments. She is currently the first DASH curator in residence at MAC Birmingham, and the recipient of an Unlimited Commission to tour her piece Breathing Room. She has shown work internationally in places such as Venice, Orlando, and Iceland; was shortlisted for ‘Open Cube’ at White Cube in London; shortlisted twice for the Adam Reynolds memorial bursary, and for the Jon Schueler Scholarship. She once managed to crow-bar a piece into Tate Modern as part of the Tate Exchange programme. She has done four international residencies. A large chunk of her body of work explores space and social climate where she lives in Milton Keynes.
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Geraldine Ah-Sue, Audio Producer
Alice Wong, Writer, Audio Producer, Host
Cheryl Green, Text Transcript
Lateef McLeod, Introduction
Mike Mort, Artwork
Theme Music (used with permission of artist)
Song: “Dance Off”
Artist: Wheelchair Sports Camp
“The Confrontation” by Podington Bear (The Confrontation by Podington Bear is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.)