A photo of a blurry person walks through an exhibition space with a mixed material collage suspended on the wall as well as a coat on display and abstract patterned prints
Gill Crawshaw, Shoddy, 2016. Installation view. Photo: Mat Dale

PANIC! In Conversation: Aidan Moesby and Gill Crawshaw

  • Tue 7 Dec
  • 6.30–8pm
  • In person at The Tetley and online
  • Free

Join the PANIC! Network for this talk with Aidan Moesby, artist, curator and cultural access consultant, and Gill Crawshaw, independent curator, activist and founder of DISrupt, a collective of disabled artists in Leeds.

This conversation explores how artists and institutions can work together with compassion to instigate change to enable equity and access. Moesby and Crawshaw will explore artistic and curatorial strategies for working with institutions, sharing different approaches to making change from the outside and in, whilst embedding care in the middle.

We hope to gain insight into practical mechanisms for improving equity and access within visual arts in Leeds.

The conversation will be followed by a Q&A from the live and online audience.

Following this public talk, join us in The Tetley Bar & Kitchen for a PANIC! Network Social.

In person access

  • This event will take place in the South Bank Room on our ground floor. There are accessible toilets on the ground floor.
  • Please note, our lift is currently out of service, meaning there is no lift access to our gallery spaces. We are working on fixing this as soon as possible.
  • This event will be British Sign Language interpreted.

Online access

  • Select ‘online ticket’ on the booking page and you’ll be sent a link to join the live stream on the day of the event.
  • This event will be live streamed online with British Sign Language interpretation.
  • Automated captions are also available online.

If you have any additional questions about access, please email bella.probyn@yorkshire-contemporary.local.


Aidan Moesby is an artist, curator and writer who explores civic and personal wellbeing through a body of work that is at once playful, intimate and questioning. His practice is a socially engaged one, rooted in research and response, and in conversation of many kinds. He works extensively within arts and health and has a particular interest in the spaces where art, technology and wellbeing intersect.

Underpinning his work investigating the dual crises of Climate Change and Mental Health is an exploration into the relationships between the outer ‘physical weather’ we experience, and our ‘internal psycho-emotional weather’. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Curating: Climate Change and Wellbeing, and is also a current resident at Pervasive Media Studio Watershed Bristol.

Gil Crawshaw is a curator; she draws on her experience of disability activism to organise art exhibitions and events which highlight issues affecting disabled people. She has organised exhibitions addressing the representation of disabled artists (Possible All Along, 2020), charity (Piss on Pity, 2019), cuts to welfare and public spending (Shoddy, 2016) and access (The Reality of Small Differences, 2014). Crawshaw is interested in the intersection of disabled people’s lives with textile heritage in the north of England, as well as with contemporary textile arts.

She recently became a curator, gaining an MA in Curation Practices from Leeds Arts University in 2018. Before this, she was a local authority disability equality officer, then working in Leeds’ third sector health and care network. Crawshaw is one of the founders of DISrupt, a new collective of disabled artists in Leeds.

PANIC! uses talks, events, crits and sharing to critically engage and address the entanglements of the axes of power: race, class, gender, sexuality and the complex experiences of situated, self-reflexive diversity among the creative communities of Leeds. We hope to share, activate and action the research that has been done on the role and significance of artist-led and artist-based initiatives in the creation and sustaining of visual arts in citie