Blogs

Explore the experiences of artists and promoters from around the world.

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Europe Beyond Access: developed in the laboratory

By: Joe Turnbull On:

Europe Beyond Access is a four-year pan-European project aimed at supporting disabled artists to break the glass ceilings of the contemporary theatre and dance sectors, initiated by a consortium of seven leading culture organisations and co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. As the project celebrates its first milestone event, an experimental skills-exchange laboratory followed by a public sharing on 16 February at Kampnagel in Hamburg, Joe Turnbull speaks to key project partners about this crucial intervention into Europe’s arts sector.
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Country Profile: Spain

By: Kate Lovell On:

In the latest of Disability Arts International's country profiles, disabled journalist and theatre-maker, Kate Lovell, explores Spain, a country with a host of disability arts festivals and a federal funding structure.
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Tanzhaus NRW: a holistic approach to access

By: Bella Todd On:

In the first of a series of case studies on organisations which demonstrate best practice, journalist Bella Todd investigates the measures Tanzhaus NRW, a performing arts venue in Düsseldorf, Germany, has taken to transform its access offer for both artists and audiences.
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Process and Presence: a virtual gallery from DisArt

By: Jill Vyn and Chris Smit On:

Jill Vyn and Chris Smit, Co-Directors of DisArt, a disability arts organisation based in Michigan, USA introduce their exhibition Process and Presence: Contemporary Disability Sculpture discussing the various accessibility features they implemented, including a virtual tour and online gallery with accompanying audio descriptions and soundscapes.
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Country Profile: Sweden

By: Kate Lovell On:

In the latest of Disability Arts International's country profiles, UK-based disabled journalist and theatre-maker, Kate Lovell, explores the landscape of disability arts in Sweden, finding that there is much to learn from.
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Disability at Wellcome Collection

By: Orla O’Donnell On:

Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library based in London, which is part of Wellcome Trust, a global charitable organisation which supports research around health. Orla O’Donnell, Visitor Experience Manager at Wellcome Collection provides an insight into some of their work with disabled artists and audiences.
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The development of captioning in the performing arts

By: Sandra Alland On:

Following the launch of National Theatre’s smart caption glasses in October, disabled writer, artist and curator, Sandra Alland, explores the development of captioning for live performance, highlighting a range of international innovations.
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Country Profile: Korea

By: WonYoung Kim and Sarah Pickthall On:

WonYoung Kim is a disability rights lawyer, dance artist and theatre-maker who recently published a new book about law, disability and aesthetics, Defending the Unqualified. Working with Sarah Pickthall, coach, digital dance producer and co-founder (with Jo Verrent) of Sync, the leadership programme working globally, Won shares this overview of arts and disability practice in Korea.
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Candoco Dance Company's International Summer Lab

By: Candoco Dance Company On:

Every year, Candoco Dance Company host an ‘International Summer Lab’ bringing together dance practitioners from all over the world to share the company’s approach, exchange ideas and create connections in a professional training environment. This year’s lab took place in August at the University of Roehampton. The company give an overview of the programme and speak to one of this edition’s practitioners.
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British Council's arts and disability focus in East Asia

By: Joe Turnbull On:

Arts and Disability is a major focus for the British Council across East Asia. We hear from the British Council’s regional Theatre and Dance Programme Manager, Carole McFadden and in-country Arts Managers from Taiwan and Singapore Shu-chun Lai and Sarah Meisch Lionetto, respectively, to get a broad overview of the programmes and level of co-operation going on across the region.
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