Investing in disabled artists

an outdoor theatre performance
16 Jun 2021

A commissioning programme in support of disabled artists was inundated with applications. Jo Verrent says the sector must increase its commitment to this under-served community.

Dancers lead the arts in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Photo of Hilary Carty
15 Jun 2021

More than 60 arts professionals are included in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list, the most ethnically diverse to date. 

'Lack of trust' in disabled audiences' access upon reopening

26 May 2021

Just 7% of disabled arts professionals are in full-time employment according to a new survey that paints a "shockingly fragile" picture of disability in the cultural sector.

Employment guide to 'eliminate barriers' for disabled people in music

20 May 2021

The handbook aims to improve representation of disabled people in the music industry as a survey finds half have withdrawn job applications over accessibility concerns.

Lockdowns push young, disabled and less educated out of creative workforce

17 Feb 2021

Researchers say we should be "especially worried" about a huge drop in creatives under 25 that could lead to greater inequalities in the arts and creative industries.

New initiative targets independent venue accessibility

08 Feb 2021

A 12-month project to make venues safer and more inclusive raises bigger questions about how disabled artists will return to performing live post-pandemic.

New Year Honours salute arts workers

Sharon Watson
07 Jan 2021

Slung Low’s Alan Lane, disability champion Andrew Miller and Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Moira Sinclair are among those receiving awards for their service.

Hiring ‘emerging’ disabled artists isn’t radical

Two people reading lines
02 Dec 2020

Do you think your organisation treats Deaf and disabled artists equally? Laura Guthrie says the sector’s outdated structures and traditions make that nearly impossible.

Call to boycott casting company over option to exclude disabled actors

03 Nov 2020

Performers and advocates are outraged after casting directors were able to list roles as unavailable to D/deaf and disabled actors.

Turning limitations into possibilities

Lisette, a white woman with freckles and long brown hair, sits behind a wooden table, her hands spread out on its top. She is wearing a brown dress, a top hat and a yellow paper moustache. She is winking. The table is on a pebble beach with a river running behind it. Image credit: Rob Irish.
15 Oct 2020

Disabled freelancers can teach the sector a lot about how to overcome limitations to make and adapt work in new and exciting ways, so look for them, use them … and pay them, says Lisette Auton.

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. 

Pages

Subscribe to Disability