UK Disability History Month 2017: Disability and Art

Manchester City Council in partnership with Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, Manchester Central Library and HOME marks UKDHM 2017 with a series of events linked to this year’s theme. We want to examine artists who have been disabled, artists who have featured disabled people through a social model lens but also to understand the attitudes existing at different times over history towards disabled people through their portrayal in Art.


1st December, 1-4pm, Exhibition – Manchester Central Library (FREE Event)
Come and join Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People as we celebrate UK Disability History Month with Manchester City Council. Featuring:

• Displays and exhibitions about disability art and activism to include a quiz, with £100 worth of vouchers for the winner and light refreshments
• Live music from local singer song-writer and disability activist Dennis Queen
• Film from GMCDP archive, including music from Ian Stanton, an icon of the disability rights movement in the 80’s and 90’s.
• Presenting the award winning comic book and animation: “The Accessibles – Our time is now” - a view of local disability history written and designed by young disabled people from Manchester. (Winner of 2016 Manchester Histories Community Award)

4th – 6th December, Disability Film Season – HOME
Disability Film Season at HOME with an expert discussion panel after the film showing on 6th December. Concessionary Tickets available. Film titles are:

• Monday 4th December at 17:50 - Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (15)
A piece of British music history comes to the big screen in Mat Whitecross’s outstanding biopic of punk and New Wave icon Ian Dury. Starring the ever-impressive Andy Serkis as the flamboyant and unforgettable musician and featuring Ray Winstone and Olivia Williams.

Wed 6 Dec, 18:00 – Unrest (12A) + panel discussion
Jennifer Brea is working on her PhD and months away from marrying the love of her life when she gets a mysterious fever that leaves her so ill she becomes bedbound. Disbelieved by doctors and determined to live, she turns her camera on herself and her community, a hidden world of millions confined to their homes and bedrooms by Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

This screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring actor Cherylee Houston, actor Melissa Johns, disability activist and singer/songwriter Dennis Queen. Panel moderated by Dr Andy Willis, Professor of Film Studies at University of Salford. 

The film will screen with audio description and caption subtitles.  The panel discussion will be BSL interpreted. For further information please visit the HOME Website here