Take a Chair and Get Creative!

We are inviting individuals, groups and organisations to upcycle a chair and be part of an installation at our artmaker symposium and festival this July.

Artmaker Symposium and Festival

Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre is hugely excited to announce our upcoming Artmaker: Symposium and Festival which will take place on the 8-9th July 2022.

We have gathered together artists and facilitators within the field of disability arts to come and talk, exhibit and celebrate the Arts.

And you can get involved too, with our Take A Chair project and installation.

Colourful chair drawn by artmaker Jenna

Take a Chair

We are inviting individuals, groups and organisations to upcycle a chair and be part of an installation at our artmaker symposium and festival.

We would like you to explore the theme of inclusion and diversity. Your chair could invite others to see things from a different perspective. It may highlight barriers or shine a light on how removal of these barriers can work towards equity.

You might want to say something about you, your art or organisation. It is an opportunity to express, show and inform about what you do.

How to get involved

Firstly, let us know that you would like to take part by emailing acc.admin@henshaws.org.uk.

Then decorate your chair! This can be a full size chair, a smaller version or something else that represents a chair.

Please drop off your chair (or chairs) to us by Friday the 24th June. You must be able to drop the finished item to the centre and to collect when the exhibition has finished.

Your chair design

You can choose the scale, shape, media and materials used for your chair – we want you to let your creativity run free!

Many of our art makers have a visual impairment or complex needs so we re aiming to make our chairs as tactile and interactive as possible. Decide whether you want your chair sat on or not!

We do not have a lot of indoor exhibition space so therefore encourage the pieces to be made weatherproof.

Happy creating, we can’t wait to see your chairs!

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