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On The Table Read, the “Best Entertainment Celebrity Magazine in the UK“, Shape Arts have awarded the Adam Reynolds Award to disabled artist Jay Price with key development opportunities, collaborations, mentorship, and a £10,000 bursary.

The Mine (working title) is a new work from artist Jay Price created with support from Shape Arts and Hot Knife Digital Media as part of 2022’s Adam Reynolds Award (ARA). The ARA offers mid-career disabled artists development opportunities and creative commissions in addition to a £10k bursary.

‘The Mine’ (working title), WIP sketch (2022) by Jay Price, credit: Jay Price/Shape Arts on The Table Read
‘The Mine’ (working title), WIP sketch (2022) by Jay Price, credit: Jay Price/Shape Arts

The Mine

Building on Price’s existing corpus of artworks shining a light on the marginalisation of disabled people in society today, The Mine virtually immerses its audience in the harsh reality of our present society structured around ableist ideologies.

With allusions to eugenics, benefit cuts, and the impact of the pandemic, The Mine will combine computer-generated, interactive environments with traditional memorial-making media to tell a vital and incendiary story. ‘I give fair warning…if you see injustice, you take on a responsibility for your actions that cannot be undone. You can be wilfully ignorant, or face the impact of empathy.’

‘The Mine’ (working title), WIP CGI shots (2022) by Jay Price, credit: Jay Price/Hot Knife Digital Media/Shape Arts on The Table Read
‘The Mine’ (working title), WIP CGI shots (2022) by Jay Price, credit: Jay Price/Hot Knife Digital Media/Shape Arts on The Table Read

‘The Mine’ (working title), WIP CGI shots (2022) by Jay Price, credit: Jay Price/Hot Knife Digital Media/Shape Arts

Adam Reynolds Award

Jeff Rowlings, Shape’s Head of Programme, said: “In making the 2022 Adam Reynolds Award to Jay Price, we are privileged to be supporting an artist whose skill, talent, and dedication to their practice brings to us work of stark rawness honed with an intricacy of detail that ripples across the senses. We are so happy to be working with Jay on a project in a digital environment where their radical vision can break through new forms and media – leading to a series of fascinating revelations.”

Jay Price, artist, said: “I’m completely honoured to be this year’s recipient of the Adam Reynolds Award. I’ve followed the work of the many incredible artists that have received the award before me, and have been highly impacted by their work and that of Adam Reynolds himself, as well as the powerful acts and opportunities he created for artists during his life.

Jay Price, Photo Credit Alana Francis, Artist, The Table Read
Jay Price, Photo Credit Alana Francis

This award and residency has allowed me to think outside the box and ambitiously, in a way I wouldn’t have been able to without this support from Shape Arts and Hot Knife. ARA has offered me a voice and a platform, something I value so, so deeply. I truly hope and endeavour to use this opportunity to offer up something back of equal value. I am immensely grateful.”

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About Jay Price

Jay Price is a London based artist, with a Masters from the Royal College of Art, and Bachelors degree from University for the Creative Arts. They have exhibited in the UK, USA, South America, and Asia.

Price’s practice seeks out original insights into the audience and methods of production that address urgent challenges facing both artist and artworld, contributing to the evolution of the industry, and adding an alternate & controversial perspective to ongoing debates.

About Shape Arts

Shape Arts is a disability-led organisation breaking barriers to creative excellence. We deliver a range of projects supporting marginalised artists, as well as training cultural venues to be more inclusive and accessible for disabled people as employees, artists and audiences.

Running alongside this portfolio is the NLHF funded National Disability Movement Archive and Collection (NDMAC), a radical collecting and retelling of the Disability Rights Movement’s heritage story; and, until recently led by Shape, Unlimited, which, largely supported by Arts Council and British Council funding, provides a platform for disabled artists to develop, produce and show ambitious and high-quality work, and which aims to transform perceptions of how the work of disabled artists is received in the mainstream art world.

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