Out of the Shadows – Symposium

10th October
10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Hexagon Theatre
Midlands Arts Centre
Birmingham
B12 9QH

MAC and Multistory warmly invite you to a symposium in association with

Out of the Shadows: the untold story of people with autism or learning disabilities by Polly Braden and Sally Williams

Free admission

The prevalence of people with learning disabilities and/or autism who are in the criminal justice system is often measured in figures: they are seven times more likely to come into contact with the police than the general population; they account for almost a third of young people in custody; and make up around 10% of incarcerated adults in the UK.

Out of the Shadows is a book and an exhibition that offers a more intimate and human view on this subject, featuring photographs by Polly Braden, in-depth stories by journalist Sally Williams and first-hand accounts.

The Symposium

The event will bring together artists, professionals in the field and people who have experienced the criminal justice system.

Polly Braden and Sally Williams will discuss the process of making the work and the power of photography and storytelling in engaging people in prisons and secure hospitals. We will hear personal stories from people who collaborated on the project, who have experienced the criminal justice system first hand.

Professionals who have been fighting for justice for many years, including Jenny Talbot (Prison Reform Trust) and Tracy Hammond (KeyRing Living Support Networks), will discuss: ‘Why should people care? What needs to change? What is changing?’

This event coincides with the 10th anniversary of the influential report ‘No One Knows’ which highlighted shocking failings in the criminal justice system and the experiences of people with learning disabilities – yet not much has changed.

This is an opportunity to listen, share and have an honest debate about how we can bring about change.

To attend the symposium, please email Laura from MAC to RSVP laura.sewell@macbirmingham.co.uk

If you are unable to make the symposium, you can see the exhibition in MAC’s Arena Gallery until Sunday 11 November.

Image: Lindsey, Out of the Shadows, 2018 © Polly Braden