The Marketplace and I
The Marketplace and I: Commercial Experiences of Disability Explored Through Art
Friday 27th March - Monday 6th April
Open Mondays - Saturdays, 10am-4pm
Within the UK, approximately seven million people of working age are registered as having a disability and hold an estimated spending power of around £249 billion. Yet an understanding of how they feel in the commercial marketplace is relatively unknown. The aim of this project, undertaken by Dr Leighanne Higgins from Lancaster University funded by The Marketing Trust, was to share through the medium of art, the commercial experiences of persons with disabilities.
Across the UK in 2019, persons with all different types of disability (i.e. physical, cognitive, visible and hidden) were asked to create an artwork of any form that best expressed their individual interaction with the commercial marketplace. This exhibition in displaying these artworks, not only shares commercial experiences of disability, but equally begins to challenge perceptions towards disability by prioritizing the artists ability over their oft focussed upon disability.