Blogs

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

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Country Profile: Switzerland

By: Kate Lovell On:

In the latest country profile, disabled journalist and artist Kate Lovell examines the exploding disability arts scene in Switzerland.
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De Warande: never underestimate your audience

By: Bella Todd On:

In our latest best practice case study, Journalist Bella Todd examines Belgian art centre, de Warande, exploring how its relationship with learning-disability theatre company Theater Stap and other partnerships have influenced the way it communicates to audiences.
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IntegrArt: embracing disabled leadership

By: Nina Mühlemann On:

On 2 and 3 May 2019, the 7th edition of the IntegrART symposium took place in Zurich, Switzerland, at the Gessnerallee theatre. For the first time, the two-day symposium was curated and organised by two women who identify as disabled, Nina Mühlemann, performance scholar and arts practitioner and Tanja Erhart, a UK-based cultural anthropologist and dancer. Mühlemann writes about her experience as a co-organiser.
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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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