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For equal access, professionalisation and engagement of native signer artists for mixed audiences
Beyond Signs is a two-year project (2020-2022) intending to improve the social integration of deaf people through artistic cooperation, by involving them actively in the performing arts sector, from the creation to the staging, collaborating and touring in
Glasgow-based disabled artist, Sandra Alland, examines disability arts in her birthplace, the settler-occupied Indigenous territories in the north of Turtle Island – known more widely as Canada.
*Note: After English and French place-names, I list in parentheses: Indigenous place-names; names of First Nations territories occupied by the city/province; and/or numbers/names of
On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020, members of the European Arts & Disability Cluster have written an open letter to multiple European policymakers to ensure the European cultural programme 2021-2027 has the full participation of people with disabilities as artists, as arts professionals and as audiences. The cluster
ImPArt is a two-year collaboration between Un-Label (Germany), NCA.Small Theatre (Armenia), Synergy of Music Theatre (Greece) and Oriente Occidente (Italy), co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The project included the creation of three new productions, each exploring the aesthetics of access, which are set for international
ImPArt is a two-year collaboration between Un-Label (Germany), NCA.Small Theatre (Armenia), Synergy of Music Theatre (Greece) and Oriente Occidente (Italy), co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Lisette Reuter, Artistic Director of project co-ordinating partner, Un-Label speaks to Joe Turnbull about the programmes aim to interrogate the
This is an extensive (but not comprehensive) directory of European disability arts festivals whose remit is (primarily) to support the presentation of, and discussion about, work made by disabled artists and/or inclusive companies. This list has been compiled using desk research, recommendations from key partners and user-submitted entries. We cannot
Joe Turnbull takes a look at the access offer of Edinburgh
International Festival, an organisation with a rich history spanning more than
70 years. 2019 saw the festival feature more accessible performances than ever
before and included disabled-led theatre company Birds of Paradise as part of
its main programme.
Birds of Paradise's Purposeless Movements at
'artist immersed in a wide variety of art-forms, whose work continues to defy pigeon-holing crossing visual, performance, literary and digital art forms with ease and uncomforting elegance. An abiding concern within his work is the disconnect between hierarchy and human rights. Often playful to the point of frivolous, as in
Vital Xposure is a disabled-led touring theatre company that promotes hidden voices with extraordinary stories to tell.
The company was founded by disabled artist and activist Julie McNamara, who led the company’s creative work and artistic vision for its first decade. From January 2021, the torch has been passed on to
Together! 2012 CIC was established as an organization in its own right in March 2013, with the support of the UK Disabled People's Council (UKDPC). The directors are all locally based disabled artists with a wide range of national and international experience between them.
Together! 2012 CIC organises free year-round arts