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The development and availability of accessible books

By Joe on June 4, 2020

Sandra Alland, co-editor of Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches Press, 2017), explores the accessibility on offer for disabled audiences

  • Access for Audiences
  • Literature
  • Canada
  • UK
  • USA

Naked and disabled: the body as a site of strength and beauty

By Disability Arts International on May 5, 2020

Diana Niepce performs in Teatr21's PokaZ in Warsaw. Photo: Pawel Kuligowski There is a long tradition of artists and performers being drawn towards nudity as a

  • Personal insight
  • Dance
  • Poland
  • Portugal

From Portugal to Poland: coming to Warsaw as an international disabled artist-in-residence

By Disability Arts International on April 7, 2020

The first disabled artist to receive the EU’s i-Portunus fund, Portuguese dancer Diana Bastos Niepce speaks about her experience undertaking a residency in Poland with

  • Personal insight
  • Dance
  • Poland
  • Portugal

The long read: Dance and Disability in Poland

By Disability Arts International on March 24, 2020

By Alicja Müller (translated by Marta Dziurosz). Read the full version published in Polish on taniecpolska.pl Recently, Teatr 21’s ‘Rewolucja, której nie było’ (“The Revolution That

  • Artistic Practice
  • Personal insight
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Poland

Italian artist Chiara Bersani on COVID-19 and disability

By Disability Arts International on March 24, 2020

Chiara Bersani's Gentle Unicorn. Photo: Roberta Segata Courtesy Centrale Fies Chiara Bersani is an Italian performing artist and choreographer whose work in theatre and

  • Personal insight
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Italy

European Arts & Disability cultural highlights for your calendar

By Joe on February 18, 2020

Disability Arts International shares a small selection of some of the most interesting disabled-led and inclusive work coming up over the next six months from across Europe.

  • Artistic Practice
  • Switzerland
  • UK

Katarzyna Żeglicka: There are no borders between dance and disability

By Disability Arts International on December 17, 2019

Katarzyna Żeglicka is a Polish artist taking part in Europe Beyond Access, a transnational programme supporting disabled artists to internationalise their careers. This is her

  • International Exchange
  • Personal insight
  • Dance
  • Poland

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

IntegrArt: embracing disabled leadership

By David 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 David 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 David 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 David 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