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My Life | Shape Open 2016

Open: 5 Feb - 21 Feb 2016; Thursday - Saturday 12pm - 5pm.

Preview: 4 Feb 2016; 6pm-9pm

Talk: Yinka Shonibare MBE on Becoming an Artist - Wednesday 10 February 2016 - 7pm

This year, the ground-breaking annual Shape Open exhibition will be at Guest Projects space, hosted by Shape Open Patron Yinka Shonibare MBE.

The Shape Open 2016 theme ‘My Life’ encouraged both disabled and non-disabled artists to creatively express life through the lens of disability.

Using an exciting range of mediums such as blood, machinery and modified everyday objects to express their ideas, the artists drew on memory, nostalgia and processes of internal reflection to explore the complexity of this years’ theme.

The responses are serious-minded, satirical, and often ambiguous, requiring the viewer to consider the different aspects of disability and to challenge the way disability is perceived.

The final artworks were carefully selected for the exhibition by a panel of judges including Yinka Shonibare MBE, Carly Jayne – Shape Open Prize Winner 2014, and from Shape Arts, Tony Heaton OBE and Ben Fredericks (video/audio only).

This is one of a series of events marking Shape’s 40th anniversary celebrations.  To support our campaign to promote inclusion in the arts, go to: