Adorn, Equip

Fine Arts, Visual Arts, Exhibition Design

Exhibition Catalogue & Promotional Material.

Adorn, Equip
A National Touring Exhibition originated by The City Gallery, Leicester
Adorn, equip is an exhibition which explores issues around the design of equipment and accessories used by disabled people. Consultation between disabled people and artists, makers and designers has inspired the production of beautiful, functional objects and thought provoking work.

Equipment for disabled people has traditionally been designed with cost and function as the main considerations. This leaves little room for aesthetic, social or cultural concerns. adorn, equip is part of a movement to change this. The exhibition profiles equipment and accessories that meet both the needs and the desires of the disabled people that use them.

Many of the exhibits in adorn, equip result from a groundbreaking process of collaboration between disabled people and artists, makers and designers. Personalised items tailored to the specific needs and tastes of individual disabled people have been produced. This has resulted in unique objects that reflect individual needs, desires and uses, and challenges existing approaches to design.

These creative partnerships have developed over time. The exchange of ideas and opinions has helped to 
re-examine attitudes towards disabled people. By offering client/artist relationships, the adorn, equip exhibition is a unique and challenging opportunity for artists, makers and designers to link their artistic work with real life situations.

The exhibits represent many aspects of day to day life and include ergonomic ceramics and glassware, fashion knitwear featuring subversive slogans, personalised mobility aids, such as sculptural crutches, contemporary orthopaedic slippers, medical aids such as silver inhaler holders, which feature poetic inscriptions, interactive sensory furniture, and much more.Adorn, equip is an exhibition whAdorn, equip is an exhibition which explores issues around the design of equipment and accessories used by disabled people. Consultation between disabled people and artists, makers and designers has inspired the production of beautiful, functional objects and thought provoking work.


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