RIGHTS NOT CHARITY: PROTEST TEXTILES AND DISABILITY ACTIVISM by Gill Crawshaw
150 x 210mm, 46 pages, colour printing, perfect bound, 2023
Textiles have long been part of the fabric of disabled people’s lives and history. In common with banners of the women’s suffrage movement and trade unions, disabled activists have embraced banners as a form of protest and resistance, communicating messages about identity, pride, unity and justice. Rights Not Charity tells the stories of these banners.
Curator Gill Crawshaw explores this history through the protest banners and political artwork of disabled people’s rights movements, taking in political responses to charity, accessibility, and government cuts, among other causes.
Edited by Laura Moseley and Marisa Clements, designed by Chris Shortt and illustrated by Alice Bigsby-Bye.