Disabled Access Day at Hackney Museum
Art inspired by the sound of a ukulele and free hand drawing to the beat of a tambourine were just some of the interactive experiences visitors took part in for Disabled Access Day at Hackney Museum on 11 March.
As well as taking part in an afternoon of workshops, visitors also watched pop up performances and spoke to disabled artists. Discussions took place on identity and the power of art as a means to challenge people's expectations and ideas about what disability means.
Daniel, one of the disabled artists whose work was showcased on the day said: “I was proud to exhibit my photography and share this space with my friends. I had a fun day drawing, playing music together and meeting new people.”
Disabled Access Day also saw the launch of the ‘We Are Artists’ art exhibition, created by the We Are Artists museum art group, which is one of two exhibitions in the museum that feature the work and stories of people with disabilities in Hackney today and over time.
Disabled Access Day also saw the launch of the ‘We Are Artists’ art exhibition, created by the We Are Artists museum art group, it is one of two exhibitions in the museum that feature the work and stories of people with disabilities in Hackney today and over time.
Nikki Mclauchlan, who visited Disabled Access Day at Hackney Museum said: “My trip to The Hackney Museum the first one I'd made - perfectly in the spirit of 'You and Somewhere New' for Disabled Access Day. I was really impressed with the exhibitions and the accessibility of the venue as a whole. The museum has the great feel of being a community hub and the spirit of inclusion is alive and well throughout the venue.”
We Are Artists are currently looking for members to join their group with is hosted every Wednesday afternoon at Hackney Museum. If you are interested in joining the We Are Artists group for artists with disabilities please contact Advance UK on 0333 012 4307 or email Andy.Critchley@advanceuk.org.
For museum staff Disabled Access Day is more than just a day, we work with, provide opportunities for and celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities and learning difficulties all year round.
Hackney Museum is accessible and has turning space for wheel chair users within its exhibitions space. You can find Hackney Museums full disabled access specification on Euan’s Guide: www.euansguide.com/venues/hackney-museum-london-1607.