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Foka Wolf: Why Are We Stuck in Hospital?

Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HS

Tel: 01212480708

Foka Wolf: Why Are We Stuck in Hospital?


Birmingham-based artist and activist Foka Wolf creates a gallery installation and billboard campaign that illustrates the invisibility of people with learning disabilities and / or autistic people in long-stay hospitals. Known for his 'subvertisements', which parody corporate and political posters, Foka Wolf's interventions make us question our city's infrastructure and whether it is meeting the needs of our community.

Comprising graphic design and declarative captions, Foka Wolf's new work responds to Why Are We Stuck in Hospital? – a project conducted by the School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham in partnership with rights-based organisation Changing Our Lives. The research raises awareness of the 2,000 people with learning disabilities and / or autistic people who live in hospital settings for long periods of time, often for many years and with no planned date to leave. Ikon's exhibition coincides with the publication of policy guidelines based on the experiences of people with learning disabilities, their families and front-line staff.

Why Are We Stuck in Hospital? is funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research HS&DR programme.

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IKON Gallery exteriorIkon Gallery, West MidlandsIkon is an internationally acclaimed art gallery situated in central Birmingham. Housed in a magnificent Victorian school building, the gallery is one of the most impressive buildings in the city and a unique venue for events.


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