Image: SAFEDI enSHRINE installation (Image description: orange text on white and purple recycled paper that reads 'access obstacles')
Funded by an AHRC fellowship, SAFEDI was designed to drive significant change in how both arts and non-arts organisations tackle issues of diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. The project centred around artists involved in social practice, who are often overlooked yet play a pivotal role in community building. In these turbulent times, marked by social unrest and a global pandemic, the call for transformative action is urgent.
Axis joined forces with research partner Social Art Network (SAN) and Manchester Met. University. These invaluable partnerships were instrumental in offering the necessary expertise and insights that fuelled the project's achievements.
Under the guidance of lead artist RM Sánchez-Camus, SAFEDI collaborated with a unique assembly of commissioned artists and researchers:
The artists received essential support, including specific funding for accessibility needs and wellbeing sessions, particularly valuable for those who were delving into their own lived experiences of exclusion.
SAFEDI has acted as a catalyst for genuine, positive change. By bridging the chasm between socially committed artists and mainstream cultural organisations, the project has begun to reshape the conversation towards more inclusive and accessible spaces for everyone.
Find out more about the SAFEDI artists, projects and research team
Reaching Out: A collaborative exhibition asking (and hopefully, offering some answers) to the question:
Assemblies & Other Adventures
The Village: Reimagining the Gallery/Museum Institution for child-rearing
'Queer Diasporic Futurity' by Flatness
The Human Memorial
Lead Fellow / Project Manager
Creative Producer / Lead Artist
Evaluator / Critical Friend