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Why we need more disabled choreographers

By Disability Arts International on November 14, 2019

Co-founder of Candoco Dance Company (the first professional company for disabled and non-disabled dancers), Adam Benjamin co-led the third Europe Beyond Access artist laboratory

  • Personal insight
  • Dance
  • Netherlands

Jo Bannon: ‘Why do we prioritise the visual sense?’

By Jo Bannon on November 4, 2019

The third Europe Beyond Access laboratory took place in Maastricht and was hosted by Holland Dance Festival. Taking part in the lab, UK performance artist

  • Personal insight
  • Live Art
  • Theatre
  • Netherlands
  • UK

Be In! An international accessible film festival network

By Joe on October 18, 2019

Following discussions between Oska Bright (UK), Klappe Auf (Germany) and Engelsiz Festival (Turkey), the trio decided to self-initiate a network of trusted disability film festivals from across Europe. Joe Turnbull investigates the network and its constituent partners.

  • International Exchange
  • Film
  • Belgium
  • Germany
  • Poland
  • Spain
  • Turkey
  • UK

Europe Beyond Access: Dance, Politics, Disability & the Body

By Disability Arts International on July 15, 2019

In February 2019, more than 20 disabled dance practitioners from across Europe took part in Dance, Politics, Disability and the Body, the first of five artistic exchange laboratories of Europe Beyond Access.

  • Artistic Practice
  • International Exchange
  • Dance
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Serbia
  • Sweden
  • UK

IntegrArt: embracing disabled leadership

By Nina Muhlemann on May 22, 2019

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.

  • Personal insight
  • Symposia/conferences
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Switzerland

Europe Beyond Access: developed in the laboratory

By Joe Turnbull on February 14, 2019

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.

  • Artistic Practice
  • Funding
  • International Exchange
  • Dance

Process and Presence: a virtual gallery from DisArt

By Jill Vyn and Chris Smit on December 10, 2018

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.

  • Symposia/conferences
  • Visual Arts
  • USA

The development of captioning in the performing arts

By Sandra Alland on December 3, 2018

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.

  • Access for Audiences
  • Theatre
  • Canada

Candoco Dance Company’s International Summer Lab

By Candoco Dance Company on September 26, 2018

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.

  • International Exchange
  • Dance

NDACA: the story of one of the world’s first disability arts archives

By Joe Turnbull on September 24, 2018

In June 2018, Shape Arts launched the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA), one of the first of its kind in the world, which chronicles the heritage story of the UK’s Disability Arts Movement and catalogues key pieces from it for posterity. Joe Turnbull speaks to David Hevey, NDACA Project Director and CEO of Shape Arts about this landmark archive.

  • Personal insight
  • Visual Arts

Unlimited Symposium: what does the future hold for disability-led arts

By Joe Turnbull on September 21, 2018

The Unlimited Symposium was organised by delivery partners Shape Arts and Artsadmin at London’s Unicorn Theatre 3-5 September 2018, preceding Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Festival. The symposium brought together experts, artists, programmers, funders and other delegates from around the world to debate the current state and future of disability-led art. We hear from an organiser, a chair and two panellists from the symposium.

  • Symposia/conferences
  • England

Meet Hijinx: the Welsh company exporting their academy model internationally

By Joe Turnbull on September 20, 2018

Hijinx is a Welsh theatre company who always include learning disabled actors in their productions, run a number of ‘Hijinx Academies’ which develop learning-disabled talent and host the biennial Hijinx Unity Festival. Joe Turnbull speaks to Chief Executive Clare Williams about the company’s international work, including plans to export its academy model overseas.

  • International Exchange
  • Personal insight
  • Theatre
  • Wales

British Council’s arts and disability focus in East Asia

By Joe Turnbull on August 30, 2018

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.

  • Funding
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan

Dreaming of resting spaces, and making them happen

By Trish Wheatley on July 9, 2018

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.

  • Access for Audiences
  • Theatre

The vexed question of disability-specific festivals

By Bella Todd on July 5, 2018

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.

  • Festivals
  • Theatre
  • England
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • UK
  • Wales

A relaxed environment: welcoming autistic audiences to arts events

By Kate Lovell on May 3, 2018

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.

  • Access for Audiences
  • Dance
  • Theatre

My Music Ability: Inclusive Music Teaching

By Melissa Bremmer on April 30, 2018

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.

  • Artistic Practice
  • Personal insight
  • Music
  • Netherlands

Outsider Art: beyond the label

By Marc Steene on April 27, 2018

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.

  • Personal insight
  • Symposia/conferences
  • Visual Arts

Aruna and the Raging Sun

By Joe Turnbull on April 24, 2018

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. Graeae’s Amit Sharma and representatives of some of the local partners reflect on the project.

  • Artistic Practice
  • International Exchange
  • Theatre
  • UK

IETM Brussels – looking to pluralist cultures for a better expression of equality

By Vici Wreford-Sinnott on January 25, 2018

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.

  • Symposia/conferences
  • Theatre
  • Belgium