Philosophical Enquiry with Learning Disabled Artists

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What is good art? On what basis should the quality of art be judged?

Over six weeks in summer 2016, Thinking Space practitioners have joined artists from Mind the Gap and philosophers from the University of Leeds on a grant-funded project. Mind The Gap’s company of learning-disabled artists have been exploring questions about aesthetic value, criticism, evaluation, with the aim of improving their own artistic practice. The project concluded with a sharing event at Mind The Gap’s Bradford studios where artists, academics, and practitioners shared their experiences of the project, revisited some of the exercises it involved, and invited the audience to participate in considering the project’s key questions:

What is good art? On what basis should the quality of art be judged?
What are the ways by which learning disabled artists can evaluate the artistic quality of their own work at different stages of the creative process?

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