March 20th, 6-8pm, Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Battersea
With Harry Baxter, David Constantine MBE, Marsha de Cordova MP & David Johnson
The RCA Students’ Union have organised a series of round table events throughout the year. These discussions explore socio-political ideas responding to issues that affect the institution. A network of speakers from the wider London community have been invited to discuss their experiences in order to help us examine crucial issues relevant to the RCA and beyond.
The third event to take place this year focuses on Disability and Inclusivity within the Institution.
Are institutions fulfilling their duty of care to students with disabilities?
How can we challenge issues related to disability in radical and creative ways?
Does the current model for inclusion work?
How can we de-stigmatise and celebrate the abilities of disabled students?
This event will be chaired by David Johnson with Harry Baxter, David Constantine MBE, Marsha De Cordova.
This event is free and open to all.
As a professional practising artist, Harry’s time is divided between creating his own art and working as a freelance artist educator and lecturer. He graduated from The London City and Guilds Art School in 2001 with a degree in fine art painting. He has won travel scholarships to study the work of the Mexican Muralists, received funding from the Michael Hayworth Trust and is an honorary member of the Worshipful Company of Painters and Stainers guild. His work has been exhibited in The Discerning Eye, The Rockwell Arts Space, The Denman Arts project and with the ‘Le Gun’ arts collective. Since 2006 he has been teaching practical art-making workshops, leading gallery tours and lecturing at the Royal Academy of Arts. During this time he has worked with a wide range of audiences including primary and secondary schools students, adults, teenagers and children with a variety of physical disabilities, learning difficulties and mental health issues. He runs training workshops for PGCE teachers and staff from Leonard Cheshire Disability on how to engage people with fine art. Harry is extremely passionate about working with marginalised audiences. During his time as a member of the Access team at the Royal Academy he has helped to develop the ‘InMind’ program, working with people experiencing dementia. He has trained staff from organisations including Orleans House Gallery and Westminster Memory Services on how to use these specific techniques. Harry is a fully qualified audio describer and works closely with blind and visually impaired audiences. He has lectured on his specific approach to audio description at the university of Granada in Spain. He also creates multi-sensory handling boxes that explore artist’s ideas and techniques in a tactile fashion, enhancing and enriching the visitors’ overall gallery experience. He has created handling collections for both the Royal Academy and the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.
David Constantine MBE is the co-founder of Motivation, a charity which works to improve the quality of life of people with mobility impairment. His inspiration to design wheelchairs started when he joined IBM and met industrial designers after completing his degree in Computing & Accounting/Finance. He went on to do an MA in Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art, where David, alongside Simon Gue, designed an award-winning wheelchair for developing countries. David himself is wheelchair user, following a diving accident in 1982 (at 21), so his work is understandably filled with deep personal significance and in 2010, he was awarded an MBE by the Queen for services to people with a disability.
Marsha de Cordova was born on the 23rd January 1976 in Bristol. She has worked in the charity sector for over 10 years, campaigning on the issue of social security. She is also a trade unionist and a member of Unite the Union where she represented disabled workers on the London & Eastern Regional Committee and the National Disabled Members Committee. In 2014 she was elected as a Councillor for Larkhall Ward in Lambeth, sitting on the Equalities Impact Assessment Panel. In 2017 she overturned an 8,000 Conservative majority to become the MP for Battersea and in October 2017 she was named as the new Shadow Minister for Disabled People.
I am a totally blind practicing artist. I live in Hertfordshire and I am the wrong side of 60! I am a first year, part time, Phd student at RCA in the school of art and humanities. My research looks at the relationship between blindness and aesthetics. I have been deeply involved with access to art for visually impaired people both as a consumer and as an educator for many years. I run my own collaborative art practice and a small music business. My MA was in Philosophy.