We live in a time of unprecedented change – what does it mean to adapt in 2023? What societal pressures and norms are we forced to adapt to, and what radical potential could autonomous reinvention hold?
Works that explore their maker’s lives or own stories, memories or experiences. These works will often explore the politics of the self as well as personal and political identity, and methods of making these parts of ourselves visible.
Works which explore what it means to work with others to build genuine and meaningful engagement through art and design. These works explore notions of collaboration, trust building and acts or communities of solidarity.
In a world that has changed irrevocably, where do we go from here? These creative responses consider the potential of a post-COVID world.
Works that engage with writing and theory – adopting and challenging dominant forms, and taking inspiration from writers and thinkers.
From trans joy to Black feminism; gender fluidity to media representation – these works explore the intersecting aspects, questions and challenges of gender today.
From technology-driven innovations in healthcare to narratives of mental illness, these works reflect on the current state of health and wellbeing, and imagine bold new futures.
by Alice Biolo
How does creative practice respond to, and affect, the current geological age – defined by the dominant influence of humans on the landscape?
Works that explore and are interested in the ways in which material culture shapes and codes our political, personal and social lives. These works may also explore the politics of what it means to be a producer and maker, and how to make materials which are relevant and accessible.
These works centre ways or methods of working where the material or medium of the work is central to how the work communicates, engages and builds meaning with its audience.
The infinite variations of the human brain and differences in sociability, learning, attention and mood are considered and represented here, in work made by and/or for people with neurological differences such as autism and ADHD.
The need to de-colonise the mind, society, creative work, and the educational curriculum is presented with urgency here, alongside numerous intersecting themes of race and identity.
When equals are treated unequally and the unequal treated equally, what is our creative response? These works, often political or philosophical, span issues of race, class equity, isolation, disadvantage, migration and bureaucracy
Our world’s changing climate is the defining challenge of a generation, and sustainability is the responsibility of all artists, designers and architects. From zero-waste design to architecture that considers rising sea levels, these works range from provocative, to grief-stricken, to cautiously hopeful.