Pushing ahead and going it alone

Jo Verrent at the Unlimited Symposium, 2018
23 Sep 2020

As the Unlimited commissioning programme prepares to become an independent organisation in its own right, Paul F. Cockburn examines what that will mean for disabled artists, staff, governance and decision-making.

'Bubble of one': Disability arts educators fear exclusions

18 Sep 2020

As schools reopen, the barriers to resuming arts education for disabled children "have been hugely increased".

Advocating together for Deaf and disabled artists and audiences

Extraordinary Bodies production: ' What Am I Worth?'
15 Sep 2020

We are at a crossroads, says Jamie Beddard. Access, democratisation and engagement must not be sacrificed in the rush to return after the pandemic.

 

NEWS COMMENT: After the Interval – who will return?

Andrew Miller
03 Jul 2020

The slump in disabled audiences’ confidence presents a major problem for the arts sector, says Andrew Miller.

Will it be worth it? The re-opening barriers facing visually impaired people

Describer Roz Chalmers on stage with participants of the touch tour for Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, Old Vic.
09 Jun 2020

What has been the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on those who are blind or have low levels of vision? And how can cultural venues meet their needs when the doors open again? Matthew Cock asked some searching questions.

New alliance to give higher visibility to disabled creative practitioners

A performance of The Who's Tommy at the Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich
19 May 2020

Concerns that progress towards diversity is being de-prioritised as a result of the Covid crisis have prompted a new forum from which to raise the voice of D/deaf and disabled creative practitioners and campaign for inclusion.

The Other Side: resetting the dial for inclusion

A group of Graeae performers on stage in a production of Reasons to be Cheerful in 2017
06 May 2020

As cultural organisations attempt to coax reluctant individuals back into the habit of live cultural attendance, now’s the time to break down once and for all the attitudinal and physical barriers that exclude D/deaf and disabled people. Andrew Miller explains why – and how.

Artists with learning disabilities deserve critical review: we can all help make that happen

Spectra performance company
30 Apr 2020

Theatre critics don’t engage with the work of artists with learning disabilities, but it’s time to change that and we can all play our part. Bella Todd puts forward 8 ways for bringing about that change.

How we can stop infantilising disabled artists?

A photo of a performance including an actor in a wheelchair
31 Mar 2020

Age-old paternalistic attitudes will persist unless disabled people lead change themselves, says Vici Wreford-Sinnott.

Covid-19: Disability top of mind for DCMS

30 Mar 2020

Disabled artists say their safety, security and insight into limited lifestyles are crucial during this crisis. 

‘Diversity deadline’ won’t affect future NPO funding

28 Feb 2020

Despite ACE threats of sanctions, most NPOs are ruled to have ‘met’ diversity targets – with only 11 facing exclusion from future funding rounds.

Creative wellbeing for the Windrush generation

A close up photo of a persons' hands resting on a pink handbag
13 Feb 2020

Pauline Bailey looks back on a project that developed social confidence and artistic expression among Birmingham's BAME elders.

AP meets… Ed Vaizey

Photo of Ed Vaizey
23 Jan 2020

In the first of a series of conversations with sector leaders, Editor Amanda Parker sat down for lunch with former arts minister Ed Vaizey.

AP's end of year quiz

13 Dec 2019

Arts numpty? Or sector swot? Test your team's knowledge with ArtsProfessional's light-hearted look at the year's news... 

Speaking the same language: working as a Deaf freelancer

12 Dec 2019

If your first and preferred language is British Sign Language, what challenges do you face as a Deaf freelance artist – and what can be done to overcome them? Olivier Jamin shares his experiences and offers some advice. 

A welcoming space for affordable training

Picture of a collage including a dog and a cartoon face
14 Nov 2019

The lack of affordable skills-based training and opportunities to learn from others makes it much harder for people from disadvantaged backgrounds to develop their careers in the arts. Simina Neagu and Valentina Bin took action to fill the gap.

Disability front and centre stage

Production still from Dishoom!
31 Oct 2019

Creating a production that allowed a young and inexperienced disabled British Asian actor to play an authentic character was a rewarding challenge that led to a rich experience for everyone involved. Pravesh Kumar tells the story.

Arts figures recognised in disability power list

A photo of Andrew Miller
22 Oct 2019

Campaigner and broadcaster Andrew Miller and theatre-maker Jess Thom are among those included in the Shaw Trust’s latest Disability Power 100.

The big debate: How can the sector better support neurodiversity?

Photo of performance of MADHOUSE
10 Oct 2019

ArtsProfessional asked people working at the intersection of arts and neurodiversity what changes are needed.

Learning ‘autistic’

10 Oct 2019

Autism should be seen as a cultural difference rather than an impairment, says Hayley Williams-Hindle.

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