Artist and company profiles

This is a list of professional Deaf and disabled artists, or disabled-led companies, who are actively seeking international partners and opportunities. Each artist or company currently has work ready to tour or for exhibition. We are proud to list companies from all over the world.

Search by art form, country, or by curated lists for a smaller selection of artists as selected by one of the named organisations or individuals.  

We are eager to add new artists and companies to this global list. If you are a company which would like to be included, please contact us.

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Ruth Gould MBE DL, Artistic Director of DaDaFest curates a list of artists and companies that the Liverpool-based festival has programmed since 2001. 

Abnormally Funny People

Tags: Comedy

Abnormally Funny People perform stand up comedy shows in London, the Edinburgh Fringe, around the UK and sometimes internationally. Read more

Anna Berndtson

Tags: DanceLive ArtTheatreVisual Arts

Performance is the foundation of my artistic practice, working foremost with Long Duration Live Performance Art. The public is essential in my work, as their presence becomes part of the live experience. Being present over several hours or even over several days is the main challenge in this art form. Read more

Caglar Kimyoncu

Tags: FilmVisual Arts

Improvisation-led filmmaker, curator and consultant with a continued interest in alternative representations of excluded voices of all kinds including conscientious objection. Read more

Candoco Dance Company

Tags: Dance

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

Caroline Bowditch

Tags: DanceLive ArtTheatre

Australian-born but now Glasgow-based performance artist and choreographer, Caroline Bowditch describes herself as a performer, maker, teacher, speaker and mosquito buzzing in the ears of the arts industry in the UK and further afield. Read more

Carousel

Tags: Film

Oska Bright is a Carousel initiative. Carousel is an arts organisation and charity that supports learning disabled artists in many disciplines to fulfill their creative ambitions. Read more

Corali Dance Company

Corali’s performances are generated through collaborative discussion and improvisation and our embedded experience and achievement has led us to become recognised as a leader in dance and performance made by artists with learning disabilities. Read more

Deaf Men Dancing

Tags: DanceTheatre

A unique and exciting dance company of all male, highly trained professional dancers who are all deaf. Read more

Dr Ju Gosling aka ju90

Tags: DanceFilmLive ArtSpoken Word / Live LiteratureVisual Arts

Artist working mainly with digital lens-based media, but also with performance, text and sound. Read more

Epic Arts

Tags: DanceTheatreVisual Arts

Epic Arts uses the arts as a powerful tool for transformation that explores and celebrates the richness of diversity through creative experiences. We work with people of all abilities and backgrounds through our Inclusive Education, Community and Social Enterprise Programmes to encourage a change in perceptions and attitudes at both a personal, and public level. Read more

Extant

Tags: Theatre

Professional performing arts company of visually impaired people innovating in arts management and creative practice by bringing a unique cultural perspective. Read more

Fingersmiths

Tags: Theatre

Bold choices in creating a unique theatre form, connecting with audiences through a multi-layered approach to language and physical expression. Read more

Fittings Multimedia Arts

Tags: ComedyDanceFilmLive ArtMusicSpoken Word / Live LiteratureTheatreVisual Arts

Disability-led national organisation that makes popular theatre characterised by directness, comedy, music, emotion and immediacy, working with material, performers and artists, reflecting the UK's diverse cultures. Read more

Graeae Theatre Company

Tags: Theatre

A force for change in world-class theatre, breaking down barriers, challenging preconceptions and boldly placing disabled artists centre stage; championing accessibility and providing a platform for new generations of Deaf and disabled talent. Read more

Heart n Soul

Tags: Live ArtMusicTheatre

Award-winning creative arts company which provides creative spaces for disabled and non-disabled artists to develop and share their ideas. Read more

Heidi Latsky Dance

Tags: DanceFilm

Heidi Latsky Dance (HLD) is an internationally recognized physically integrated dance company from New York City. Read more

Jo Verrent

Tags: Film

‘Different’ is delicious not divergent. A speaker, writer and activist, who also creates, produces and curates art. Read more

Kaite O’Reilly

Tags: DanceLiteratureTheatre

Kaite O’Reilly is a UK-based playwright and theatre maker who works internationally in disability arts and culture and so-called ‘mainstream’ culture. Read more

Katherine Araniello

Tags: FilmLive ArtMusicVisual Arts

Katherine Araniello is a London-based performance and video artist, who uses subversive humour in response to the mundane, social awkwardness and the negative representation of disability. Read more

Krazy Kat Theatre Company

Tags: Theatre

Creating visual theatre for young audiences with original use of sign language. Read more

Laurence Clark

Tags: ComedySpoken Word / Live LiteratureTheatre

Internationally-acclaimed comedian, presenter, writer and actor who has cerebral palsy. Read more

Marc Brew

Tags: Dance

Marc Brew Company is committed to developing innovative collaborative work that interweaves a physicality derivative of strong contemporary dance technique. Read more

Mind The Gap

Tags: Live ArtMusicTheatre

Powerful, bold, award-winning theatre, from learning disabled and non-disabled artists working in partnership Read more

Rachel Gadsden

Tags: FilmLive ArtVisual Arts

Rachel is a British artist who is exhibited internationally and who works across the mainstream and disability art sectors, presenting cross-cultural visual dialogues that consider the most profound notions of what it is to be human. Read more

Robert Softley

Tags: ComedyLive ArtTheatre

Established figure in the Scottish arts scene with varied roles including actor, performer, writer and artistic director. Read more

Shape

Tags: DanceLive ArtVisual Arts

Shape is a disability-led arts organisation founded on the principle that all disabled people should have the opportunity to participate fully in arts and culture, and works with the vision of an inspiring and inclusive arts sector that is accessible to all. Read more

Simon Mckeown

Tags: FilmLive ArtVisual Arts

Simon McKeown is an award winning internationally exhibiting visual artist renowned for his work which touches on and considers disability. Read more

Stay Up Late

Tags: Music

Charity that promotes full and active social lives for people with learning disabilities. Read more

Sue Austin

Tags: FilmLive ArtVisual Arts

Sue Austin is a multimedia, performance and installation artist. Over an extended period of time her practice has operated as a vehicle to open up a thinking space around the materiality of the wheelchair. Read more

Tanya Raabe

Tags: Live ArtVisual Arts

Tanya Raabe-Webber is an acclaimed disabled artist challenging the notion of identity within contemporary portraiture, often creating portraits of high profile disabled people during live sittings in high profile public art galleries and venues. Read more

The British Paraorchestra

Tags: DanceMusicTheatre

Pioneering a global movement to showcase disabled musicians with extraordinary abilities. Its mission is to end the limitations placed on them, not by their physical ability but by lack of opportunity. Read more

The Vacuum Cleaner

Tags: FilmLive ArtVisual Arts

the vacuum cleaner is an art and activism collective of one. Working across art-forms: including performance, installation and film, the artist addresses challenging and taboo issues such as consumerism and mental health. Read more

Together! 2012

Tags: ComedyDanceFashionFilmLiteratureLive ArtMusicSpoken Word / Live LiteratureTheatreVisual Arts

Working to make the main host borough of Newham an international centre of excellence for Disability Arts as part of the Paralympic cultural legacy. Read more

Tony Heaton

Tags: Visual Arts

Tony Heaton is a Visual Artist/Sculptor and Curator who works in a variety of materials from direct carving to assemblage and film. Much of his work reflects and responds to a disabling world. Read more

Vital Xposure

Tags: FilmSpoken Word / Live LiteratureTheatre

Cutting edge theatre and vital stories. Read more