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SPECIAL RIGHTS (2018)

Special Rights is a publication developed through being emplaced within a nursery school (The Portman Early Childhood Centre, Westminster) as part of a Serpentine Gallery project. The publication is centred around the personal accounts of encountering systemic failings within education recounted by a group of parents of children with 'special educational needs', as well as their means of coping. We spent considerable time with these parents and got to know them well, also developing a set of collaborative manifestos together. These core elements are framed by texts addressing current and imminent central government policy (cutting funding and denying children with 'special educational needs' appropriate care and schooling) along with photos from immersive free-play environments we constructed with the children.

The publication was launched in November 2018 and has been widely disseminated free of charge. Several events bringing together parents, educators, activists, politicians and artists have also been held.


Collaboration with Emma McGarry


CLICK HERE TO OPEN THE SEPENTINE GALLERY PAGE WHERE A PDF OF THE PUBLICATION CAN BE DOWNLOADED, OR HARDCOPY REQUESTED.

manifesto part 1 manifesto part 2 children playing in metallic tubes

Alongside parents' stories and other contributions, the text below runs through the publication:




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