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Not Going Back to Normal

Not Going Back to Normal

Arika is one of 7 partner organisations working with Collective to support the commissioning of a new artists manifesto, titled Not Going Back to Normal, led by artists Harry Josephine Giles and Sasha Saben Callaghan.

The Not Going Back to Normal manifesto is launched on October 8th at 6pm, at a live online event. There was readings of work from curators Sasha Saben Callaghan and Harry Josephine Giles, from contributing artists Jeda Pearl Lewis, Julie Farrell and Simon Yuill, and an introduction from Creative Scotland. The recording from the event will be made available to view online.

All information about the event including artists work can be viewed on the project website here.


This project is curated by two disabled artists

Sasha Saben Callaghan is a writer and digital artist, living on the east coast of Scotland. She was a winner of the 2016 ‘A Public Space’ Emerging Writer Fellowship and the 2019 Pen to Paper Awards. Her illustrations have featured in a wide range of journals and magazines. Sasha’s lived experience of disability and impairment is a major influence on her work.

Harry Josephine Giles is a writer and performer from Orkney who lives in Leith. Their latest book is The Games from Out-Spoken Press, shortlisted for the 2019 Saltire Prize for Best Collection. They are studying for a PhD at Stirling, co-direct the performance platform Anatomy, are now touring the poetry-music-video show Drone. Harry Josephine is trans and autistic.


This project is supported by a group of Scottish visual arts organisations working on improving disability access and inclusion. They are: Arika, Artlink, CCA, Collective, DCA, Glasgow School of Art Exhibitions, Project Ability and the Scottish Sculpture Workshop.


This project is funded by Creative Scotland and Engage, but is independently managed and curated.