Working Lives: Here and There

12th Jun 2014 - 25th Jul 2014 | 12:30pm - 5:30pm

  • Audio described

No tickets required

This exhibition will feature large scale photographs taken in Liverpool (‘here’) and from countries across the world (‘there’). The images depict disabled people in their workplaces, challenging myths surrounding disability and employment, through positive depictions of disabled people in work. Accompanying the exhibition are stories from the people depicted.

Working Lives: Here and There

Sarah Bush, by Colin McPherson. Commissioned by DaDaFest, 2014

This exhibition will feature large scale photographs taken in Liverpool (‘here’) and from countries across the world (‘there’). The images depict disabled people in their workplaces, challenging myths surrounding disability and employment, through positive depictions of disabled people in work. Accompanying the exhibition are stories from the people depicted.

Unemployment rates for Disabled people in the UK are on average 53%[1] of those of working age despite research showing the benefits of disabled people as employees and the nature of entrepreneurship conducive to the life patterns of many disabled people. In other parts of the world, unemployment figures for disabled people are over 90%[2].

This exhibition makes a powerful political statement about the similarities and differences of working lives of disabled people from across the globe.

The Photographers: Adam Lee is a Liverpool based freelance documentary and commercial photographer and photographic workshop facilitator, much of his work centres on disability. Ciara Leeming is a Manchester-based freelance writer, photographer and multimedia producer focusing on social affairs, education and culture. Colin McPherson is an award-winning photographer and visual artist based near Liverpool. Tom Wood is an internationally exhibited artist best known for his street photography around Merseyside. His work has also been widely published and received awards. He was recently featured in the BBC 4 documentary series ‘What Do Artists Do All Day.’

The exhibition is accompanied by an online gallery of both disabled and non-disabled people at work. Contribute your image to this gallery by emailing it to marketing@dadafest.co.uk

There will be a series of 3 talks alongside the exhibition about employment, disability and art as a tool for social change. Details of these talks will be published here shortly.


[1] Department for Work and Pensions, 2013

[2] United Nations – Factsheet on Persons with Disabilities  http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp/www.disability.gi/images/default.asp?id=255

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12th Jun 2014 - 25th Jul 2014 | 12:30pm - 5:30pm

  • Audio described

No tickets required

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