The first appearance of a brand new sculpture about activism and the rights of disabled people by artist Jason Wilsher-Mills.
The Manchester Argonaut is a positive and authentic depiction of disability and reflects personal stories and experiences, many of which, Jason encountered throughout lockdown. The work is also a reminder about the rights of disabled people, which are sometimes overlooked by those who see the cost of everything, but the value of nothing, including human lives.
Created especially for display at People’s History Museum the Manchester Argonaut’s colourfully decorated surface references the rich history and culture of Manchester and took its starting point from the city’s music. Appearing bright and humorous, this highly-imaginative piece is also a ‘Protest Song’ that creatively carries many messages of its own.
Jason is a UK based disabled digital artist who reflects his interest in the democratic process in his work. He has produced large scale pieces for the Houses of Parliament, Tate Exchange and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s The Summer of Love (21 June – 22 September 2022). PHM was home to three sculptures from his Jason & his Argonauts on Tour in 2019.
Funded by Arts Council England (ACE).
Part of PHM’s programme exploring the history of disabled people’s rights and activism through a co-curated programme of exhibitions, events and activity