Social Works? is our journal of social practice art.
Issue 3, published in Spring 2023, is devoted to the role of social art and artists in achieving and advocating for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. It grew out of a project that Axis has been involved in since 2021 alongside Manchester Metropolitan University and Social Art Network. Social Artists for Equality Diversity and Inclusion—or SAFEDI as the project is also known—set out to better understand the barriers faced by underrepresented people and communities in accessing culture and creativity. We have long known that social art can create positive changes in society and that artists are often unusually well-placed to highlight and challenge the unjust systems that continue to exclude too many people.
In addition to articles by some of the brilliant artists commissioned as part of the SAFEDI project, we are also delighted to be able to share pieces by contributors selected through open call in May. It was important for us to be able to present a real cross section of the work going on in social practice just now, from raising the visibility of BME arts and artists to disability activism and artistic interventions in the justice system and under-resourced neighbourhoods.We really hope you will enjoy this collection of writings and word-image productions by social artists in the UK and beyond, and that you find something thoughtful, inspiring and informative as you continue your own EDI journey.
Edited by Lucy Wright and Special Issue Co-editor, R.M Sánchez-Camus, it features contributions from Adi Lerer, Anna Francis, Emma Lilwall, Gil Mualem-Doron, Gill Crawshaw, Jarsquad, Lucy Wright, Madeleina Kay, Melisandre Marin, Rachel Marsden, Sofia Barton, SRG Bennett and Anna Macdonald and The WAAS.
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