Blogs

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

Blogs:

Dreaming of resting spaces, and making them happen

By: Trish Wheatley On:

Dreams of Resting Spaces: how one artist is changing the rules of public spaces and inviting cultural institutions to consider making their venues more accessible for people who need to lie down. Trish Wheatley speaks to UK artist, Raquel Meseguer.
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Country Profile: Ireland

By: Pádraig Naughton On:

In the latest of our series of country profiles, Pádraig Naughton, Director of Arts & Disability Ireland explores the history, development and current state of the arts and disability sector in Ireland.
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The vexed question of disability-specific festivals

By: Bella Todd On:

What are the pros and cons of festivals that exclusively feature disabled artists? As we head into festival season, Bella Todd considers the relative merits of disability-specific arts festivals, from the perspective of international artists, programmers and funders.
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A relaxed environment: welcoming autistic audiences to arts events

By: Kate Lovell On:

The etiquette of arts venues, theatres in particular, can present multiple barriers for audiences such as autistic people. Disabled journalist and theatre-maker Kate Lovell explores the growing trend of autism-friendly and relaxed performances, which aim to reduce some of these barriers and make the arts more accessible for everyone.
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My Music Ability: Inclusive Music Teaching

By: Melissa Bremmer On:

My Music Ability is a pilot project for inclusive music education at the music teacher training college of the Conservatory of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In March 2018, it invited the UK’s Drake Music to be ‘artist-in-residence’ to help facilitate the project. Senior Lecturer of Music at the Conservatory, Melissa Bremmer reflects on the initiative.
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Outsider Art: beyond the label

By: Marc Steene On:

Director of Outside In, Marc Steene explores the term ‘Outsider Art’ in relation to disability in the month that sees the European Outsider Art Conference come to Chichester, UK. Outside In is a charity that provides a platform for artists that face barriers to the art world, whether due to disability, health, social circumstance or isolation. From 4-6 May the organisation hosts the annual European Outsider Art Conference.
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Aruna and the Raging Sun

By: Joe Turnbull On:

Aruna and the Raging Sun was a large scale outdoor performance which took place in Chennai, India in February 2018 to crowds of more than 6000. The project was an international collaboration between the UK’s Graeae Theatre Company, Spain’s La Fura dels Baus, Chennai-based Prakriti Foundation and a host of other local organisations including: Vidya Sagar, Krupa, Devasitham Charitable Foundation, Artspire, Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India and MGR Janaki College. Graeae’s Amit Sharma and representatives of some of the local partners reflect on the project.
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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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IETM Brussels – looking to pluralist cultures for a better expression of equality

By: Vici Wreford-Sinnott On:

Vici Wreford-Sinnott is a disabled theatre director, playwright and equality strategist. She is Artistic Director of Little Cog, a disabled-led theatre company, and is Creative Lead and Co-Founder of Cultural Shift, a three-year disabled-led arts programme at ARC Stockton. Wreford-Sinnott was one of a cohort of UK-based disabled artists and producers awarded bursaries by the British Council to attend the latest IETM (International network for contemporary performing arts) event in Brussels, November 2017. Here, she reflects on the experience and how it has influenced her ongoing practice.
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