Funding boost targets arts provision for diverse communities

Street carnival scene
09 Aug 2016

Arts Council England has committed £5.3m to a scheme aimed at developing greater resilience among organisations contributing to wider diversity in the arts.

Resource highlights arts-based technologies for disabled creatives

Monument to the unintended performer
05 Aug 2016

A website providing advice and best practice for using technology to aid creativity has been launched for the disability arts sector.

Change through action

Photo of dancer and disabled musicians
21 Jul 2016

Access and prejudice still need to be fought, but the British Paraorchestra has talent and fearlessness on its side, says Charles Hazlewood.

Ticket sales continue to grow for disabled music fans

Photo of Glastonbury sign
13 Jul 2016

Disabled music fans and their assistants attending events such as Glastonbury and Latitude Festival brought an estimated £7.5m to the economy in 2015.

Dark performances

Production shot
07 Apr 2016

How many theatres offer audio description services to blind and partially sighted people? Matthew Cock carried out some research and is disappointed with his findings.

Music without fear

Ventroloquist and dummy
05 Apr 2016

Following the success of relaxed theatrical performances, Chris Proctor explains how Birmingham’s Town Hall & Symphony Hall has gone about staging relaxed concerts. 

We need to do better

Actor with wheelchair
30 Mar 2016

Angered about how few young people with learning disabilities are involved in the arts, Richard Hayhow urges the sector to open its eyes to the talent and creativity out there.

Festivals and venues fail disabled music fans, says report

Photo of an audience at a concert
04 Mar 2016

A continuing lack of detailed online access information is stopping deaf and disabled music fans from buying tickets.

How to… successfully apply for a Grants for the Arts award

Photo of a full motion screen in Birmingham with Olivier's artwork on
29 Feb 2016

Submitting a grant application can be a difficult and confusing process. Deaf artist Olivier Jamin shares his tips for disabled applicants.

My research: Instruments for deaf musicians

Photo of a man playing a guitar
15 Feb 2016

Virtual violins and computer-based guitars need more than just the right sounds if they’re to work for deaf musicians. Richard Burn describes his research into accessible virtual instruments.

Research to examine barriers facing disabled arts employees

Photo of audience watching a film of a disabled dancer underwater
22 Jan 2016

The causes of under-representation of disabled people in the arts and cultural sector workforce will be examined by a research project hoping to achieve greater access to opportunities.

A catalyst for change

Photo of dance workshop with wheelchairs
06 Jan 2016

There are parts of the world where disabled people face much greater challenges than here in the UK. How can a dance company help? Pedro Machado shares his experiences of taking Candoco and its mission overseas.

A boost for inclusive dance

Photo of Wheelfever performance
05 Nov 2015

Linda Jasper reveals how U.Dance festival got more young disabled performers involved than ever before.

Playing with form

Photo of scene from The Solid Life of Sugar Water
16 Jul 2015

To make theatre truly accessible, elements such as captioning and audio description must have their own artistic stamp, says Amit Sharma.

Taking Part report shows arts engagement static

Photo of a man painting by the sea
26 Jun 2015

Arts engagement has not increased in England since 2005/06, although there have been pockets of growth amongst those in rural areas, older people and those with a disability.

Live music sector improves access

Photo of Suzanne Bull MBE
15 May 2015

Music venues and festivals that have signed an accessibility ‘Charter of Best Practice’ have seen an increase in ticket sales to Deaf and disabled fans.

The right to make music

Photo of musician testing glove
30 Apr 2015

Carien Meijer describes some recent developments of technology and musical instruments for disabled musicians.

In the spirit of London 2012

Photo of Big Big Sing singers
16 Apr 2015

Volunteers are now at the heart of a national programme to improve wellbeing and social cohesion, says Penny East.


Subscribe to Disability