DadaFest: Working Lives: Here and There

Screen Shot 2014-06-01 at 17.17.1812 June – 25 July 2014

Wednesday – Friday (12.30 – 17.30)


Photography exhibition revealing working lives of disabled people. The exhibition will include new work commissioned by DaDaFest from photographers Adam Lee, Ciara Leeming, Colin McPherson and Tom Wood.

It will feature large scale photographs taken in Liverpool (‘here’) and from countries across the world (‘there’). The images depict disabled people in their workplaces, challenging myths surrounding disability and employment, through positive depictions of disabled people in work. Accompanying the exhibition are stories from the people depicted.

Unemployment rates for Disabled people in the UK are on average 53%[1] of those of working age despite research showing the benefits of disabled people as employees and the nature of entrepreneurship conducive to the life patterns of many disabled people. In other parts of the world, unemployment figures for disabled people are over 90%[2].

The Photographers:

Adam Lee is a Liverpool based freelance documentary and commercial photographer and photographic workshop facilitator, much of his work centres on disability. Ciara Leeming is a Manchester-based freelance writer, photographer and multimedia producer focusing on social affairs, education and culture. Colin McPherson is an award-winning photographer and visual artist based near Liverpool. Tom Wood is an internationally exhibited artist best known for his street photography around Merseyside. His work has also been widely published and received awards. He was recently featured in the BBC 4 documentary series ‘What Do Artists Do All Day.’

Accompanying discussions: 

18 June (17.30 – 19.00) Disability and Employment

9 July (16.30 – 18.30) Working Lives – reflections from disabled people on journeys into employment (for young people)

22 July (17.30 – 19.00) Using the Arts for Social Change

To find out more about the talks and to reserve a free place visit: Access will be provided.

Pop-up gallery space: 43 Castle Street, Liverpool, L2 9SH