31 March - 29 April 2018
Preview: Friday 30 March, 6 - 8 pm
Open Wed - Sun 11 am - 5 pm
Rocket Artists, a group of artists with and without learning disabilities will journey together to explore the notion of inclusive, collaborative curation. They will present an exciting, vibrant exhibition and series of events that reveals their curation process and celebrates the impressive artwork by young, prolific and autistic member of the Rockets; Johnny Carroll-Pell.
The exhibition coincides with World Autism Awareness week (26th March – 2nd April). It aims to provide opportunities for various communities of artists, families and organisations to connect through a celebration of art, inclusion and diversity whilst inviting us to re-consider what curation can be.
Alongside the exhibition will be an associated programme of talks, workshops, happenings and a book launch all taking place in and around the gallery. Amongst these events Henry Normal will be launching his new book about family life ‘A Normal Family’, local musician Tom Cook, who works with Daniel Wakefield and Beat Express will be hosting an event and there will be a talk by motivational speaker and horse whisperer Dido Fisher. With more to follow, featuring local artists, poets and writers – as well as some surprise guests.
The Rocket Artists work from their studio in Phoenix Brighton and are a social enterprise CIC. Phoenix Brighton is embracing new ways to showcase their unique approach to collaboration and inclusive art practices which is exemplified by this exhibition.