The Future is Loading… an online exhibition by Shape Arts

An online exhibition of artwork by disabled and non-disabled artists created in response to a disability-centred theme. The Open provides a space where disabled and non-disabled artists can discuss and exchange views and ideas about issues and topics which are often sidelined within artistic debate.

Shape Arts is a disability-led arts organisation which works to improve access to culture for disabled people by providing opportunities for disabled artists, training cultural institutions to be more open to disabled people, and through running participatory arts and development programmes.

This year their exhibition is fully online, and the artists, based primarily in the UK, Canada, and USA, “remind us to question whose ‘normal’ the ‘new normal’ might be. What will be its instincts, attitudes, and mechanisms? What will joy, love, and pain look like? Who will have access to it and whose interests will it serve? Will it be just, or just like before?”

Welcome to The Future is Loading… an online exhibition by Shape Arts.

Before viewing Shape Arts exhibition, you may want to read their  Trigger Warnings and Access information. You can read a full exhibition blurb, too, where you will learn more about the curation of the show.

The exhibition is divided into three parts presenting the artists in alphabetical order (by first name). Audio description of the works are embedded to the sites and, where possible, works are accompanied by BSL interpretation. Transcripts for some video works are available upon request.

The Future is Loading >> Part I

The Future is Loading >> Part II

The Future is Loading >> Part III

Together with Able Zine, Shape Arts are designing a zine for this exhibition which is available for pre-order. This zine includes a collaborative resources list, full of a variety of materials gathered by the curators and contributors during the production of this show. You can also purchase campaign t-shirts through PrintSocial.

If you would like more information, please email exhibitions[at] or visit the Shape Arts website >>


Shape Arts Online Exhibition

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