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Bow Skills workshop: the creative potential of access adjustments with Jamila Prowse

Tuesday 19th March 2024 , 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Join artist and writer Jamila Prowse as she breaks down the expansive potential of access adjustments and the ways in which they can transform your artwork and how audiences experience it. 
Crip Quilt (2023) – Jamila Prowse. Photo credit Katarzyna Perlak at Somerset House

From audio description to closed captions, alt-text and remote viewing, there are a whole multitude of access adjustments that can open up the possibilities for people to engage, feel, and experience artworks. 

In this workshop, Jamila will provide examples from her own artistic practice as well as artists who inspire her, demonstrating the importance of reframing how we view the relationship between access and the arts. Together, we will consider how access requirements can in and of themselves be an integral art form, as opposed to an add on or an afterthought.  

Jamila encourages attendees to bring along one of your own artworks or a clip or image of an artwork that you like, so we can all have a go at writing alt-text and an audio description of our own. 

In this workshop, you will: 

  • Gain an overview of some of the different kinds of access adjustments which can remove barriers to experiencing artwork 
  • Reframe how we see access adjustments in the context of art-making 
  • Learn how to write simple alt-text and audio description  
  • Connect with other artists and practitioners 
£5 £3 concessions

Concession rate applies to students, over 65s, under 18s, Bow Arts artists, National Art Pass members, and key workers

More about Jamila Prowse 

Jamila Prowse is an artist and writer, propelled by curiosity and a desire to understand herself through making. Informed by her lived experience of disability, mixed race ancestry and the loss of her father at a young age; her work is research driven and indebted to Black feminist and crip scholars. She is an active participant in a rich and growing contemporary disabled artistic community and has been ongoingly researching, programming and creating around cripping the art world, since 2018. Self taught, Jamila is drawn to experimenting with a multitude of mediums in order to process her grief and radical hope. 

She is currently articulating through moving image, painting, photography, textiles and performance. Previous exhibitions, screenings and talks include Somerset House, South London Gallery, Studio Voltaire (London, UK) and Hordaland Kunstsenter (Bergen, Norway). Her writing has appeared in Frieze, Art Monthly, British Journal of Photography and elsewhere. She is currently working on her first novel. 

About Bow Skills  

Bow Arts seeks to support creative professionals at all stages of their careers. In 2015 Bow Arts launched Bow Skills in response to an artist survey which showed over 90% of practicing artists find it useful to receive further support outside formal education. 

Bow Skills is a dynamic and relevant programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) which is informed by an artist steering group and open to all creative practitioners across London. The programme of talks, panel discussions, new skills labs and peer crits is open to all, with concession rates available to students, over 65s, under 18s, Bow Arts artists and key workers.   

Access information 

The Bow Arts Trust office has step-free access throughout from street level, including to the accessible toilet, and is service animal friendly. This venue does not have a hearing loop system. Accessible parking is not available on-site but blue badge parking can be found 500m away on Fairfield Road.  

If you have any questions regarding accessibility at this venue or event, would like to make us aware of any access requirements that you have in advance of visiting, or would like this information in an alternate format including Easy Read, please email nunnery@bowarts.com or call 020 3967 1643.  

Access requirements could include things like providing equipment, services or support (e.g. information in Easy Read, speech to text software, additional 1:1 support), adjusting workshop timings (e.g. more break times), adjustments to the event space or anything else you can think of! 

Transport Information 

Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm 
Address: Bow Arts Trust, 183 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ 
Nearest station(s): Bow Road (District and Hammersmith and City lines) is a 6-minute walk away, and Bow Church (DLR) is a 3-minute walk away. 
Bus: 205, 25, 425, A8, D8, 108, 276, 488 and 8 all service the surrounding area. 
Bike: Bicycle parking is located at Bow Church Station. The nearest Santander Cycles docking station is at Bow Church Station.