Mob-Shop chair artwork

Disabled-led project Mob-Shop is running a free artwork exhibition in Derbyshire which reflects upon what the design and aspiration of accessible products, spaces and practices in mobility shops embodies for disabled people.

The exhibition, which is supported by Shape Arts, is taking place throughout all Derbyshire Libraries and features the works of disabled artists responding speculatively to the concept of the mobility shop, and the aids and devices used by disabled people every day.

Printed artworks will be exhibited in the form of a double-sided poster, a limited number of which will be made available to take away upon request, at Chesterfield, Dronfield and Long Eaton libraries until 6th November 2021.

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Mob-Shop is a continuing project created by Bella Milroy, exploring mobility shops, mobility aids, and the devices and practices used by and designed for disabled and chronically ill people.

Bella commented: “The project aims to expose the concept of mobility shops in where they sit in the cultural consciousness of disabled experiences, and centre them in ways that could potentially offer new and better alternatives to the generic, medicalised, grey-beige-purgatory of how they exist today.Mob-Shop poster

“Void of fashion, youth-culture and any form of autonomy and self-expression, mobility shops are a fascinating example of the excruciatingly rigid and ableist narrative that cuts right to the heart of how society sees disabled people.

“Mobility shops do not reflect the reality of disabled experiences, and the aids and devices that are supposedly designed exclusively for us, so often fail us in offering variety of choice, identity or imagination. As physical spaces, they are both geographically and socially located on the peripheries.

“Mob-Shop seeks to centre disability culture and the wealth of shared knowledge and wisdom of our disabled community, placing some of these peripheral experiences as a core focus of this programme.”

A podcast (coming soon) to accompany the exhibition will be available on Soundcloud, and promoted online through Derbyshire Libraries social media.

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