EXPLORERS Conference: Art, Rights and Representation

Join Project Art Works at the newly reopened MK Gallery in Milton Keynes for a two day event to mark the culmination of three years of EXPLORERS, putting neurodiverse artists and makers at the centre of the conversation.

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Be part of a collaborative, inclusive and progressive event examining rights, institutional empathy and how to support and nurture more diverse practice in contemporary visual art. The programme will include presentations, case studies, participative workshops, creative practice and non-verbal communication.

Confirmed collaborators

Confirmed speakers

  • Sir Peter Bazalgette
  • Anthony Spira, Director, MK Gallery
  • Kate Adams MBE, Director, Project Art Works

On Wednesday 20 November the afternoon programme, Inclusive Practice, is organised with CVAN South East as part of Dialogues – Towards Change; a series of three consultative events exploring ways to realise equal rights and representation in the visual arts. CVAN South East is funded by Arts Council England for this event.

In the final year of EXPLORERS, a three year project led by Project Art Works, we reflect on what has changed, what needs to be done to achieve greater equality in visual art.

This event is aimed at curators, arts commissioners and professionals, academics and artists working across socially engaged fields such as rights, education and health, and those working in the social care sector and neurodiverse communities – regardless of what stage you are at in your career or practice.


Project Art Works, MK Gallery and CVAN South East are committed to making this event as accessible as possible and that includes the cost to attend. If you have a restricted budget please take advantage of the lower cost ticket and if you are able to give a bit more please book the full price ticket. There are limited subsidised tickets available so please contact us if the cost of attending is a barrier and we will support how we can.

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Taking place against a backdrop of increased hardship and intolerance toward disabled people, the aim of EXPLORERS is to develop positive relationships between cultural organisations and the social care sector and to reposition people who have complex needs at the forefront of mainstream culture. The programme led by Project Art Works is taking place with multiple partners and galleries including Autograph, Fabrica, De La Warr Pavilion, MK Gallery, National Institute for Experimental Arts UNSW, Photoworks and Tate Liverpool.

The EXPLORERS project is supported by the Arts Council Ambition for Excellence Programme and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

1. Tate Liverpool
2. MK Gallery
3. Autograph ABP
4. Fabrica
5. Photoworks
6. UNSW, National Institute for Experimental Arts, Sydney, Australia
7. De La Warr Pavilion


About Project Art Works

Project Art Works is an artist-led organisation that makes and promotes art as a means of connection with and for people with complex needs. They collaborate with neurodiverse communities, galleries, health and social care agencies to promote inclusion in civic and cultural life.


About CVAN South East

A network of organisations across the visual arts sector in the South East of England, Contemporary Visual Arts Network South East works together to create a stronger visual arts ecology for the region.