INSIDE THEIR STUDIO: Now Accepting Submissions

The Ikouii Creative is now accepting submissions for the 2nd Edition of INSIDE THEIR STUDIO. The book project which began in 2019, brought together 30 artists from 10 different countries. The publication drew together a range of practices and provided a rare glimpse into the artists studio practices, inspirations and personal journeys. Since its release in 2020, the INSIDE THEIR STUDIO book has been sold worldwide in 15 countries. The book is now included in the collection of several universities and libraries across the United States, including RIT/Rochester Institute of Technology and Gallaudet University.

The first edition included artists who work in painting, poetry, sculpture, dance, performance and installation arts. Atlanta, London, Mumbai, Sydney, are just a few of the locations where artists spanning the globe brought readers inside their studio. The intention behind the project was to reiterate that individuals with disabilities can not only have enriching experiences in the arts, but can also be invaluable assets as artists, art professionals, and patrons. Funds raised from the book project provide support to Ikouii Artists, through grants for exhibition fees, projects, and educational purposes as well as to assist in the coverage of administrative commitments for the organization.

Artists living with a disability are invited to apply to be included in the 2nd Edition of this ongoing book project. Interested artists can be located anywhere worldwide and practice in any medium to be considered. There is no fee to apply and participating artists will have access to wholesale pricing and have the capacity to sell the completed book project at their own discretion. The release of the 2nd Edition will be in the coming year, 2022.

The book project is curated by Ikouii Founder, Aleatha Lindsay. She is an Atlanta based award-winning multi-disciplinary artist, independent curator, disability advocate, and published author. After 15 years as a working artist, she found there was still a lack of representation, accessibility, and inclusivity for artists of various backgrounds, especially those with disabilities who were often overlooked within the arts sector. As an artist and arts professional with a disability, she created The Ikouii Creative to be a space that allows disability identified artists a level playing field to create, share, and break barriers that can transform the global arts community.

Learn more about the Ikouii Book Project HERE.


Image Credit: Artist, Luke Abdallah of Sydney, Australia from INSIDE THEIR STUDIO: Artists with Disabilities and Their Collaborators