Disability Arts International is a website dedicated to creating more international opportunities for Deaf and disabled artists. Designed for an audience of arts professionals, programmers and venue managers, the website provides a unique window on to the work of disabled artists and disabled-led companies, and the context in which they are creating work.
Disability Arts International builds on the UK’s reputation as a home to many unique disabled artists whose excellent work is being presented and celebrated around the world. It offers artists an opportunity to highlight recent productions and find new international bookings.
In addition to a growing directory of artists and companies, the website provides promoters access to resources, case studies and personal testimonies. In this way it shares insights into how the UK came to be recognised as a world leader in disabled-led arts and inspires debate about who can make art and who can access it.
The website features companies such as Graeae Theatre, Candoco Dance Company, The British Paraorchestra and Bobby Baker’s Daily Life Ltd. Films hosted on the site include commentary from co-director of the Paralympic Opening Ceremony Jenny Sealey MBE, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Dance Umbrella Emma Gladstone, and Artistic Director of the Young Vic David Lan.
We are actively looking for French disabled artists or disabled-led companies to include in our artists and companies directory. Visit the website to find out how you can suggest an artist or company.
Disability Arts International was created as part of Unlimited Access – a project coordinated by the British Council and co-funded by the EU Culture programme. Unlimited Access is a partnership between the British Council and the Onassis Cultural Centre (Greece), Vo’Arte (Portugal) and the Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance (Croatia).
Unlimited and the Unlimited Festival
Disability Arts International and Unlimited Access are both inspired by Unlimited, a Cultural Olympiad project and ongoing programme of support for disabled artists in the UK. This year’s Unlimited Festival programme running from 2-7 September 2014 can be found on the website of the Southbank Centre.
For any queries about Disability Arts International please feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo credit: Integrated Movement Research Collective performing at Zagreb Dance Week by Krunoslav Marinac.