British Council recognised at pptArt's Art Patrons of the XXI century Awards
On the 28th November 2018, at a ceremony hosted at the European Parliament, the British Council was awarded an Institutional Award as part of the "Art Patrons of the XXI century" Awards in recognition of "the British Council’s long-standing programme of supporting disabled around the world artists over many years: (...) showcasing excellence and innovation, and contributing to an international conversation about access to the arts for disabled people as audiences and as artists."
The award recognised the British Council's global projects, but made specific mention of the Europe Beyond Access programme, a 4-year partnership programme led by the British Council and co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The award also noted the British Council's digital platform, www.disabilityartsinternational.org (itself an outcome of a previous Europe Union Culture Programme project), and which is targeted at a global audience of arts professionals: supporting best practice and increased cultural opportunities for disabled artists and audiences.
On accepting the award on behalf of the British Council, Ben Evans the Head of Arts & Disability in the European Union region said:
"We are hugely honoured by this recognition of our work promoting and supporting the work of Deaf and disabled artists over the years. Of course, the British Council's programme only supports and builds on the work of remarkable UK Deaf and disabled artists. More and more the mainstream arts sector across the world is recognising that many of the most innovative, challenging and unique works of art are being made by disabled artists."
"It feels especially important to be receiving this award at the European Parliament today. Collaboration and artistic exchange between British and other European artists and organisations feels more important than ever at this moment. Together we can make a profound difference to the cultural opportunities for disabled people as artists and as audiences."
The "Art Patrons of the XXI century" Awards are coordinated by the Italian organisation, pptArt. The awards aim to enforce visibility, recognition and reputation for those Institutions, Corporations and Private Investors who have actively contributed to the development of the Arts and society.