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British Council launches Disability Arts International


Posted: 7 July, 2016


Disability Arts International is a new digital resource for arts professionals and policy-makers interested either in the work of artists with disabilities, or for those interested in the latest innovations which allow audiences with disabilities and visitors improved access to arts events.

In July the British Council will launch its Disability Arts International newsletter. The newsletter will be sent every 6-8 weeks. The newsletter will curate the very best content from the website, Disability Arts International and it will also share carefully selected digital content from external artists and organisations.

The website Disability Arts International is a resource for arts professionals interested in artists with disabilities across art forms, or those who are interested in improving access for audiences with disabilities.  It hosts tools and resources as well as hosting the profiles of professional artists with disabilities and disabled-led or inclusive companies – wherever in the world they are based.

The newsletter will focus on the work of a unique international generation of artists with disabilities making world-quality excellent work. It will also profile those organisations and specialist services who are driving innovation and best practice in developing more equal access to all arts for audiences and visitors with disabilities.

For example, the first newsletter will explore the importance of disabled leadership in the arts, and will include a number of blogs as well as a new commissioned film exploring the role of choreographers with disabilities in the UK’s contemporary dance scene.
The second newsletter will focus on how artists with disabilities are harnessing digital innovation in the arts, and it will feature a new film exploring the thriving partnership between musicians with disabilities and digital engineers – a partnership which is leading to new and bespoke instruments.

Arts & Disability Ireland’s Pádraig Naughton was recently featured on the Disability Arts International website. You can read his article here

Read Newsletter July 2016: Disabled Leadership in the Arts
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Senior producer Jo Verrent reports on the global significance of Unlimited, the UK's leading commissioning programme for disabled artists. This article is available on Disability Arts International

Wendy Hoose with James Young and Amy Conachan Photo © Eamonn McGoldrick. This production is featured on Disability Arts International


Categories: Artists, The Arts


Tags: Artists, arts, Arts and Disability, British Council, Disability Arts International


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