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Elinor Unwin, Project Manager for Artists in Wakefield blogs about language with some thoughts on how words, spoken or written, can create unintentional barriers for the individual.

Everyone in Our Society is in Our Culture: Censoring artwork and protecting the public

4 February 2013

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photo of a series of three windows with a blind in front of them

‘I gotta divide my emotions into wrong and right’ says Ani d’Franco in her song 'Shameless'. Do we have a quiet instinct to protect ‘the public’ from disabled artists? I’m not Andrea Dworkin but censorship crossed my desk today, and these are my thoughts from inside the Art House. We run an evening affordable art fair, stalls galore with Xmas presents plus mulled wine, twinkly lights and mince pies. It’s a lot of fun. Artists tell us it’s...

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Factoring in Flexibility: Equality in Business

4 February 2013

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If a customer is unable to use our facilities due to something as serious as being admitted to hospital for a lengthy period of time should they then still be invoiced for a service they are not able to access? At the Art House there are long term studios and short term studios available to lease. The long term studios are subject to a 12 month contract which in some respects is a short period of time but if a studio holder becomes unwell during this period it can seem like a long period. The...

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Volunteering and equality

4 February 2013

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I have a friend who used to volunteer with a local arts organisation, but has now stopped as he fears that if he continues to do so he may lose his benefits. The explanation for this being that if he is able to volunteer he may be deemed fit to work, despite being able to take time off when he needs it in his voluntary position, which wouldn’t be possible in paid employment. As a relatively new member of staff I have had this in mind when carrying out an aspect of my role, recruiting and...

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