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