Parallel Lines is an online publication which tackles the complexities and challenges of the visual arts and architecture sector in its relations to issues of access and diversity. This pilot edition, guest-edited by artist Aaron Williamson, invites leading artists, academics and curators to consider the notion of ‘disability arts’. Entitled In the Ghetto, it assesses the difficulties and politics of this terrain.

Williamson says: ‘In the UK, the same small group of disability artists show work relating to their familiar experiences without receiving much outside critical debate or appreciation. This is the disability art ghetto. This edition of Parallel Lines does not question the value of disability as a lived experience, but instead asks whether it is possible to discuss the quality of disability art.’

Parallel Lines is produced by the London Access and Diversity Peer Learning Network and is supported and initiated by Arts Council England.

Dr Aaron Williamson, artist and guest editor
Dr Colin Cameron, Northumbria University
Professor Lennard J. Davis, University of Illinois
Ine Gevers, curator, writer and activist
Joseph Grigely, artist
Professor Georgina Kleege, University of California, Berkeley
Juliet Robson, artist
Yinka Shonibare MBE, artist

All papers © 2011 the authors