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£10k bursary awarded to disabled artist Jay Price for creating subversive virtual memorial

Basic black and white sketch of a brick basement wall. The top of the wall is lined with three horizontal stained glass windows. Beneath the windows, sprawling graffiti reads ‘scroungers.’ Next to the graffiti is an unlocked door in a state of disrepair. On the door, a sign reads: ‘evacuation plan: get out as no one is coming for you.’

The Adam Reynolds Award and bursary is designed to support the practice of a mid-career disabled artist. Jay Price’s new project will offer a subversive memorial exposing the human cost of ableism.

The Mine (working title) is a new work from artist Jay Price created with support from Shape Arts and Hot Knife Digital Media as part of 2022’s Adam Reynolds Award (ARA). The ARA offers mid-career disabled artists development opportunities and creative commissions in addition to a £10k bursary.

Building on Price’s existing corpus of artworks shining a light on the marginalisation of disabled people in society today, The Mine virtually immerses its audience in the harsh reality of our present society structured around ableist ideologies. With allusions to eugenics, benefit cuts, and the impact of the pandemic, The Mine will combine computer-generated, interactive environments with traditional memorial-making media to tell a vital and incendiary story.

‘I give fair warning…if you see injustice, you take on a responsibility for your actions that cannot be undone. You can be wilfully ignorant, or face the impact of empathy.’

Basic black and white sketch of a basement room. Broken stairs lead down from a hatch in the ceiling. The brick walls are seeping with mould of some kind. A rope barrier prevents anyone from going up the stairs, stating ‘no entry to gallery.’ Under the stairs many cardboard boxes in varying states of disrepair are stored, reading things like ‘exhibition brochures,’ ‘in memoriam’ and ‘spare spotlight.’

Jeff Rowlings, Shape’s Head of Programme, said: 

“In making the 2022 Adam Reynolds Award to Jay Price, we are privileged to be supporting an artist whose skill, talent, and dedication to their practice brings to us work of stark rawness honed with an intricacy of detail that ripples across the senses. We are so happy to be working with Jay on a project in a digital environment where their radical vision can break through new forms and media – leading to a series of fascinating revelations.”

Black and white basic sketch revealing a close-up of a segment of brick wall. A rectangular, slim stained glass window which sits at the top of this portion is boarded up with planks. Beneath it sits a plaque honouring Adam Reynolds, it reads: ‘Adam Reynolds, 1959-2005, disability artist and enabler.’ The plaque has a three-dimensional quality.

Jay Price, artist, said: 

“I’m completely honoured to be this year’s recipient of the Adam Reynolds Award. I’ve followed the work of the many incredible artists that have received the award before me, and have been highly impacted by their work and that of Adam Reynolds himself, as well as the powerful acts and opportunities he created for artists during his life.

This award and residency has allowed me to think outside the box and ambitiously, in a way I wouldn’t have been able to without this support from Shape Arts and Hot Knife. ARA has offered me a voice and a platform, something I value so, so deeply. I truly hope and endeavour to use this opportunity to offer up something back of equal value. I am immensely grateful.”

About the artist

Jay Price is a London based artist, with a Masters from the Royal College of Art, and Bachelors degree from University for the Creative Arts. They have exhibited in the UK, USA, South America, and Asia. Price’s practice seeks out original insights into the audience and methods of production that address urgent challenges facing both artist and artworld, contributing to the evolution of the industry, and adding an alternate & controversial perspective to ongoing debates.

Shape Arts is a disability-led organisation breaking barriers to creative excellence. We deliver a range of projects supporting marginalised artists, as well as training cultural venues to be more inclusive and accessible for disabled people as employees, artists and audiences. Running alongside this portfolio is the NLHF funded National Disability Movement Archive and Collection (NDMAC), a radical collecting and retelling of the Disability Rights Movement’s heritage story; and, until recently led by Shape, Unlimited, which, largely supported by Arts Council and British Council funding, provides a platform for disabled artists to develop, produce and show ambitious and high-quality work, and which aims to transform perceptions of how the work of disabled artists is received in the mainstream art world.

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