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    Film: Two approaches to developing disabled access in galleries & museums

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  • Photo: Estelle Valente

    Country Profile: Portugal

    Director of Acesso Cultura, Maria Vlachou on the arts & disability and access initiatives in Portugal

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  • © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

    The National Trust:

    Involving disabled users in designing access features can be transformative

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  • Candoco Dance Company performing Jérôme Bel's The Show Must Go On (2015). Photograph: Nick Rutter

    Why Arts & Disability is a priority for the British Council in Europe

    Building on momentum to embed disabled people as artists and audiences across the region

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Here on Disability Arts International, a platform designed for international arts programmers, venue managers and policy-makers, you can:

  • Browse our growing directory of disabled Artists and disabled-led companies with work ready to tour or exhibit internationally
  • Read more in our Blogs and Case Studies about how artists and arts organisations are working together to make excellent work and grow and develop this vibrant arts sector
  • View our growing collection of Films introducing the work of disabled artists and exploring ways in which arts organisations are improving access to the arts for disabled audiences and visitors. 


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Candoco Dance Company

Candoco produces excellent and profound contemporary dance for audiences and participants that excites, challenges and broadens perceptions of art and ability. Read more

CiM Dance Company

Professional, contemporary, dance company which joins together interpreters with and without disability, promoting a unique approach to inclusion while aiming for high artistic standards. Read more

Dançando com a Diferença

Institution whose main goal is to promote social inclusion and culture through inclusive dance. Read more

Stopgap Dance Company

Creates exhilarating dance productions of international standard, employing disabled and non-disabled artists who find innovative ways to collaborate. Read more

Estela Lapponi

Estela Lapponi is an actress, dancer, creator / performer, choreographer, artistic director, producer and Brazilian video artist. Read more

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The National Trust: involving disabled users in designing access features can be transformative

By: Heather Smith On: The National Trust is a charity caring for the historic environment across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It manages some 320 historic houses with collections which are open to visitors, many of which are registered museums. The National Trust’s Equality Specialist, Heather Smith details the journey it has been on to improve accessibility to its sites for disabled visitors.
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Country Profile: Portugal

By: Maria Vlachou On: Maria Vlachou is Director of Acesso Cultura (Access Culture), a non-profit association of culture professionals and people interested in accessibility issues, based in Almada, Portugal. In the first of a series of country profiles by local experts, Vlachou gives an overview of the arts & disability and access initiatives in Portugal.
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Case Study / OHMI Trust

Organisation / A Guide to Theatre Access

Toolkit / Innovation Diversity – New Approaches of Cultural Encounter in Europe

Policy / The Creative Case for Diversity

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