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The latest news from ‘Having Our Say Too’

exhibition space with the exhibtion images mounted on easels

PhotoVoice’s project ‘Having Our Say Too’ is now being shown as part of Shape Arts exhibition ‘Shape in the City’. run by Shape Arts. Open from the 19th November, come along to Shape’s Pop-Up Gallery in Gracechurch Street.

Shape is a disability-led arts organisation working to improve access to culture for disabled people. Disability arts grew out of the disability rights movement, and the wider struggle by disabled people for equality and the right to participate in all aspects of society.

Informed by the radical political activism of the 1960’s and motivated by creative ambition as well frustration at their exclusion from mainstream arts, disabled people came together to form their own organisations. These organisations provided a space where the needs and aspirations of disabled people could be realised, and their creative talents developed.

Shape was founded in 1976 by Gina Levete MBE as part of this movement. With project funding from the Gulbenkian Foundation and others, Shape launched several projects in schools, prisons, arts centres and colleges across Greater London.

In its early days Shape worked with everyone who was ‘excluded’. However, as the organisation evolved it has concentrated on working to enable deaf and disabled people to access the arts.

During the 1980’s the Shape model was repeated around the UK by the establishment of regional Shape services. Many of these remain, though over the years may have changed their name, or their focus.

Shape in the City is a large-scale multi-artform showcase in the heart of the city at 40 Gracechurch Street EC3V 0BT (map). Spanning over five floors, covering 60,000 sq ft, each floor covers one of Shape’s core themes and the venue is fully accessible.

The works are exhibited from floor 3 - floor 7 (note floor 7 is the archive and is accessed by appointment only).

The venue is open to the public (walk in) from 10am - 2pm Monday - Thursday and by appointment only from 2pm -6pm. On Friday access to the exhibition is by appointment only (10am-6pm).

Please come over and meet us, enjoy the exhibition, spread the word, tweet ( #sitc ), Facebook and engage with this exciting exhibition.

If you have any queries in the meanwhile please don’t hesitate to contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 0207 621 0900.

Take a look at the images & digital stories from our latest project about young people’s perspectives on sexual exploitation

BBC Children in Need

Children in Need are one of the main funders for the Having Our Say Too project, and PhotoVoice’s Project Manager Helen Cammock was featured on the BBC Children in Need programme on Friday 16th November 2012, in an interview talking about the issues from the project around sexual exploitation and young people.

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