Disability, Covid, and the ‘Second Shift’
The University of Atypical invites you to join in on an opportunity to reflect on the past 12 months of covid lockdown and make documentary or reflexive artwork via photography, drawing and social media.
The second shift refers to Arlie Hochschild’s 1989 book, which describes the labour performed at home in addition to the paid work performed in the formal sector. It is comparable to the extra hidden labour of people with disabilities, the necessary and reasonable adjustments they and their families need to function in society. We know that disabled people have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and this project is an opportunity for individuals to take a snapshot to illustrate how they have been affected.
Lead artist Jacqueline Wylie will facilitate two zoom meetings to introduce participants to each other and discuss what artwork can be carried out independently and safely under the current lockdown restrictions. This is an opportunity to talk about topics like isolation, loss, and the realities of our lived experience and our daily journeys during a pandemic by contrasting them with virtual journeys on-line and in our imaginations.
Jacqueline will then facilitate a digital residency on Facebook over four weeks where participants will be encouraged to share and discuss their own developing art work. Jacqueline will share her own documentary photographs taken during the first lockdown, which will be shown at Strand Arts Centre in East Belfast in April/May 2021. This will form the basis of new work developed alongside participants, aiming to foster a supportive community for art making.
Finally, we will come together for another two zoom meetings to discuss a potential exhibition of participants to be curated by Jacqueline at the Strand in East Belfast.
BOOKING: These workshops are aimed at people who identify as disabled and spaces are limited so please register your interest as soon as possible. Booking closes – 14 May 2021
Access: Please let us know your access requirements in advance, you can do this when you fill in the booking form.
About the Project
Accessing Architecture: Disability and Belfast’s Built Heritage by the University of Atypical is funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund Northern Ireland. The project researches the history of the disabled community in Belfast through the city’s built, industrial and cultural environments.
About the Artist
Dr. Jacqueline Wylie is a British/Irish artist currently based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her socially engaged practice explores how value is assigned to creativity. Working with a variety of materials (including textiles, photography, text, and social media) her current focus is on the ethics of social media use, particularly space/location and identity through the medium of constructed and documentary photography.
Jacqueline initially trained as an archaeologist, specialising in industrial archaeology and vernacular architecture. In 2017 she completed a PhD at Ulster University, with a study of contemporary visual artists’ use of social media and the consequences on their studio practice. The past three years have been a period of research and development for Jacqueline and she is currently working on a substantial body of new art work for exhibition in 2021.
About the Workshops
Format – Zoom and Facebook
Number of sessions – 8
Duration of Workshop Session – One hour
What you will need to participate – access to Zoom, Facebook and a camera, or camera on your phone.
Participants need to be aware that their work will be exhibited in public and online and take that into consideration when selecting work to share, especially if they are photographing a domestic environment. Participants will be asked for their consent to have their images included in the exhibition and online.
Week 1 – one-hour Zoom session: Introductions and discussion of the impact of covid on an individual’s daily movement, discussion about showing domestic and personal images in public exhibition, and the ethics of informed consent.
Week 2 – one-hour Zoom session: The second shift, sharing examples of how artists make art about their domestic and local environment.
Week 3, 4, 5, 6 – one-hour weekly sessions on Facebook: spread over four weeks: Opportunity to share and discuss participant’s art work and the emerging ideas and themes.
Week 7 – one-hour Zoom session: Group discussion of individual participants work for potential exhibition at the Strand.
Week 8 one-hour Zoom session: Conclusion, reflection and next steps.
Image: colour photograph of Jacqueline Wylie standing wearing brown shades, a navy blue top with a grey hat and trousers with blue plastic gloves, holding a litter picker. to the right of Jacqueline is a litter bin and 3 bags of rubbish. Behind, green bushes.