Praxis-Forum offers a new form of professional development that seeks to enable artists with disabilities to engage with the art community outside of the disabled art context through a programme of year long, monthly peer mentoring forums – consisting of a mixed group of visual artists that are with, and without disabilities. Disabled artists are able to attend from their home via remote access, thus removing one of the main obstacles that many with mobility problems face in progressing their career.
The programme aims to foster mutual understanding and the professional development of both groups by exploring shared experience, the promotion of collegiality and the better integration of disabled artists into mainstream visual arts culture.
The forums take place at The Showroom with a programme that consists of peer crits, discussions on contemporary art practice, workshops and talks by invited art specialists. The project culminates in 2019 with a weekend of events to be programmed by the participating artists.
Praxis-Forum is initiated by Jackie Castellano with support from The Showroom, LUX, Acme Studios, Artquest and Disability Arts Online. It is made possible by Arts Council England through their Lottery Funded Grants for the Arts programme.