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The Social Currency of Voice: Radical Disabled and D/deaf Inclusivity

13 March 2020

6–8.30pm | Free Entry


Following the UK Government’s move yesterday from “contain” to “delay” phase in its handling of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, John Hansard Gallery regrets to announce that this event has been cancelled.


Join writer and artist Sandra Alland for a presentation on radical inclusivity. In video made for this workshop, deaf writer/performer Bea Webster discusses the creation of welcoming arts spaces and practices. With examples from a range of media, Alland highlights the rich artistic frameworks of disabled and neurodivergent creators. What happens when we consider 'access' integral to creative expression? How does our practice change when we contemplate social privilege from the get-go?

Free, booking required:

Access information:
Video of Bea Webster in conversation with Sandra Alland is in English and BSL, and captioned in English. All other videos used in the presentation will be captioned. Portable hearing loop will be available. Live captioning and BSL interpreting of spoken presentation. Spoken descriptions of visual materials. Level entrance to gallery from street; automatic doors. Level access to workshop room via lift. Gender-neutral and wheelchair-accessible toilets. Guide and hearing dogs are welcome. Relaxed event. Please assist us in making this a scent-free environment.

There are Blue Badge parking spaces directly at the rear of the building, 50 yards from the main entrance. More information here.

Sandra Alland is a Glasgow-based writer, filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist. As co-editor of 2017's Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back, they helped create an accessible and widely-lauded print-/e-anthology with text, visual poetry, audio and video. Using radical inclusion and cross-disability solidarity as guiding factors, Sandra has devised and internationally showcased experimental writing, performance, film, photography, captioning, and audio description. Recent artistic and curatorial commissions include: Viewfinder (Disability Arts Online), Discover (British Council), BFI Flare, The Deaf Poets Society, Oska Bright/GSFF, Transpose (Barbican), Edinburgh Filmhouse/Film Hub Scotland, Protest! (Comma Press), and Canadian Disability Poetics (Frog Hollow/HA&L).

Twitter and Instagram: @san_alland

Bea Webster is a mixed-race queer deaf woman living in Glasgow. She graduated from BA Performance in BSL and English at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Her British Sign Language poetry appears in Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (film by Sandra Alland and Ania Urbanowska), and her English poetry features in print in Magma Poetry: The Deaf Issue. Theatre credits include Kaite O'Reilly's Peeling, and Red Ladder Theatre's Mother Courage and Her Children, for which she was nominated for Best Actress in a Play at the 2019 Stage Debut Awards. 

Twitter: @bea_p_webster

British Sign Language Interpreters and a Palantypist (Speech-to-Text) will be present at this event.

Interruptions/Disruptions is co-organised by Dr Eleanor K. Jones, Dr Priti Mishra and Dr Sarah Hayden, and funded by the Public Engagement with Research Unit at the University of Southampton.

The Social Currency Of Voice
Still of Bea Webster, from Long Lost Lover by Sandra Alland and Ania Urbanowska (2017)

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