COMING ON 03/12! Time to Act: How lack of knowledge in the cultural sector creates barriers for disabled artists and audiences

The final results of this study will be published on 3 December 2021.

A research report authored by On The Move, and commissioned by the British Council in the context of Europe Beyond Access.

  • How many European programmers are actively seeking work by disabled artists?
  • What are the barriers stopping mainstream cultural institutions becoming more accessible?
  • Who do Europe’s cultural managers think should be providing guidance and support to help them make their programmes more accessible to disabled arts professionals?

These are just some of the questions answered by this research. Spanning 42 countries, Time To Act provides the first transnational evidence that lack of knowledge in the mainstream cultural sector is a key barrier preventing disabled artists and arts professionals participating equally in European culture.

A male and female dancer in smart grey outfits kick one leg over their knee in unison.

“Those of us working to present and support the work of disabled artists have known for years that knowledge gaps in the mainstream performing arts sector remain constant barriers. This is not new. What is new, and ground-breaking, is to have the evidence to prove this is the case. Time To Act’s transnational data shows this problem extends beyond national boundaries. It shows a European cultural sector that structurally marginalises disabled people as artists, arts professionals and audiences. We hope Time To Act can be a positive contribution to the decisions being made by artists, by producers and promoters, by major institutions and by cultural funders and policymakers. The report shares solutions and steps to be taken. But also makes clear, without delay, it really is Time To Act“. Ben Evans, Project Director, Europe Beyond Access / Head of Arts & Disability EU Region, the British Council.

About Time to Act

The study is part of the large-scale Arts and Disability project, Europe Beyond Access. Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, this initiative aims to support disabled artists to break the glass ceilings of the contemporary theatre and dance sectors.

The core partners of the project are British Council (operating for this project in the UK and Poland), Onassis Stegi (Greece), Holland Dance Festival (The Netherlands), Kampnagel (Germany), Per.Art (Serbia), Skånes Dansteater (Sweden), and Oriente Occidente (Italy).

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