Shoddy: a disability arts project

Shoddy is a disability arts project, which centred on an exhibition of textile-based work by disabled artists in Leeds, April 2016. The exhibition, and ongoing project, draws together themes around shoddy and textile manufacturing, heritage and local history, recycling and re-using, disabled people’s lives now and in the past. The project aims to challenge negative assumptions about disabled artists. It is framed against the current background of cuts to welfare benefits and public services including social care services, which are disproportionately affecting disabled people, and a climate of demonising those who receive benefits or other support. “Shoddy” should perhaps be used to describe the government’s treatment of disabled people.

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