The British Council has been touring the work of British disabled artists around the world for 30 years, and currently works with disabled artists in 37 countries. Europe Beyond Access is a unique opportunity to have a conversation at the most senior level in Europe’s cultural sector. It will allow us to generate truly long-lasting transnational links between artists and between arts managers, and to develop a network of major European performing arts organisations which are committed to supporting and commissioning the work of disabled artists.
Europe Beyond Access will also allow the British Council to focus our artistic, audience development, and capacity building activities in one particular geographic location, Poland, in partnership with two valued Associate Partners, the Polish Institute for Music and Dance, and the Polish Theatre Institute. Together we believe that the project activities will be an important contribution to current discussions of the direction of Polish cultural policy and practice.
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society.
Our work in arts creates new relationships between artists, organisations and audiences to develop stronger creative sectors around the world. We help artists to break new ground, support creativity and innovation, increase capacity by building skills to support livelihoods and cultural enterprise, extend safe spaces for creative exchange and contribute to research and policy.