How do you answer the question ‘what does it mean to have a rightful life?’ An online exhibition, RightfulLives.net, goes a long way to answering that question. Rightful Lives is exploring the theme of human rights in the lives of people with learning disabilities.  The exhibitors are all people who care about the lives of people with learning disabilities.

We are delighted to have two exhibits based on the work that we do here in The School of Education and as part of the iHuman Research Institute.

In the exhibition room “Living Life” you can see artwork made by young people as part of the on-going Living Life to the Fullest project and a film made as part of the project Big Society? Disabled people with learning disabilities and civil society.  We are grateful to the Economic and Social Research Council for their funding of both projects.

Much of the focus of our work in the university has been to question what it means to be human.  We want to trouble and to disrupt normative and narrow understandings of the human. By claiming the rightful lives of people with learning disabilities, the exhibition exposes the every day lives of people with learning disabilities – from the every day pleasures of paddling in the sea to the horrors of incarceration.  Each photo, video, poem and piece of artwork emerges as a political act that demands that we recognize the humanity of the people with learning disabilities.

As a team, we are delighted to be able to share our research projects as part of the exhibition alongside such an amazing group of exhibitors.  Please do take a minute, or two, to visit the exhibition.

Katherine Runswick-Cole

Dan Goodley

Kirsty Liddiard