Sunday, 1 March 2015

March 12th 2015 at mac birmingham - Awkward Bastards is almost upon us!

Book your ticket before it's too late and they have all gone!

Limited availability, so book ASAP!

Presented by a mix of academics, artists and activists representing diversity (disability, ethnicity, sexuality, gender and class) from across the UK and USA.

Awkward Bastards is co produced by DASH and mac birmingham.

Tickets are priced at £50 (£40 concessions) - available from or call 0121 446 3232.
Venue: mac birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH

An update from Mike on Awkward Bastards...

A key part of Awkward Bastards will be celebrating the differences but exploring the places we cross over. We have all grown out of civil rights movements whether a BAME, Disabled or Queer artist.
A historical issue that needs to be rethought is the creation of the Diversity sector in the arts and how this was imposed by ACE on the sector (probably complying with legislation) which has led to an uncomfortable heading/banner that we fit into/under. I feel it’s time we moved on from that time and that the Diverse organisations and artists start to redefine Diversity.
Then there is the creative case for Diversity. Is it working?, is it creating a buzz and excitement in the arts world and beyond?. Well not by the website which is in serious need of updating. 
What do I hope will come out of the Symposium?
Well I know that it will be an exhilarating day exploring areas that we don’t usually go, like why is it so hard to define yourself as a Disabled artist? And the same question applies to BAME and Queer artists. I’m hoping that a lot of new connections will be made. I’m not expecting answers but the beginning of a journey on a road that some have been travelling on for years and will be new to others.

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