Unlimited access

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01 Dec 2014

To make Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Festival a success, Wendy Martin knew that she had to improve accessibility for the 100 performers and artists with disabilities.

In upbeat and dynamic mood

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20 Oct 2014

As the Independent Theatre Council celebrates its 40th anniversary, its members discussed touring, artists’ pay, inclusion and much more at its recent conference. Charlotte Jones reports.

Audience and participant trends diverge in Northern Ireland

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03 Oct 2014

Arts participation continues to grow in Northern Ireland, though attendance has fallen and engagement is declining among disabled people and those living in deprived areas.

Slow progress on widening diversity

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25 Sep 2014

Report finds that many arts organisations lack the expertise or resources needed to meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

From participant to professional

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22 Sep 2014

There have been very few progression routes in the performing arts for young, disabled people who want to make a career in the arts, but Claire Hodgson is aiming to change that.

Untransformed attitudes

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04 Sep 2014

A senior arts professional speaks out on discrimination in the arts, asking why “disabled people are nearly invisible with embarrassingly few leaders”.

Critical engagement please!

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24 Apr 2014

Why are we not critically engaging with learning disability arts? Bella Todd reports on the recent Creative Minds conference.

Cultural access scheme for disabled arts attenders

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17 Apr 2014

Creu Cymru is to lead on the development of a ‘National Disabled Visitors’ Card Scheme’ in Wales.

Dancing to escape

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10 Apr 2014

Dance workshops, courses and events in Somerset have allowed over 400 people with mental health issues to ‘escape their troubled minds’. Viv Gordon discusses their impact.

Disability out of the box

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31 Mar 2014

Mat Fraser focuses his disability activism on how exhibitions in medical museums can change ideas and attitudes around disability.

Job Ladder

20 Feb 2014

Ruth Gould found her mojo on her journey through the arts into disability cultures and activism, to her current role at DaDaFest.

Take us seriously!

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02 Dec 2013

The Creative Minds project asks how the work of artists with a learning disability can best join the mainstream. Mark Richardson explains.

The arts in a box

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30 Sep 2013

The Bloomsbury Festival in a Box outreach scheme is tackling cultural exclusion, reports Cathy Mager.

Not out of Africa

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23 Sep 2013

Working in partnership with a Ugandan arts organisation has been a fraught experience (an understatement) for Blackpool’s TramShed, but as Zac Hackett and Marge Ainsley report, they are not giving up.

Arts organisations fall down on the marketing of accessible events

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06 Sep 2013

Improvements in physical access for disabled people have not been matched by better strategies to attract audiences, says new report.  

Book Review: Project Art Works Anthology 1997-2012

03 Jul 2013

Maggie Hampton finds immensely vibrant and powerful art in Project Art Works Anthology.

Job Ladder

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06 Jun 2013

The new Executive Director of Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Judith Kilvington, guides us through her career to date.

Inspired to continue

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22 May 2013

Isabel Jones talks to Esther Harris about the inspiration behind her recent work with visually impaired dance performers.

A slow journey

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09 May 2013

Tony Heaton reflects on how far we have come to make arts buildings accessible to all.


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