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'...disability has to be in our thinking for everything we do, from the design of our application process to the expectations we place on the arts organisations we core fund to provide access for all.'

Scottish Arts Council evidence to the Scottish Executive Equal Opportunities Committee,
2 December 2003

Reading the Braille Coo; Photo: Pascal Saez

The Scottish Arts Council strives to make the arts as inclusive as possible for everyone in Scotland, whether as a professional artist, an audience member or someone who takes part in the arts.  We will support disabled artists to reach their full potential and to have equal opportunity for professional career development.  We encourage the development of opportunities in formal and informal arts education for disabled people of all ages.  Please read our recently published Arts and Disability Policy for more information on progress and future action.

A practical resource for arts venues in Scotland to increase the inclusion of disabled people, Getting there has detailed information, examples of good practice, profiles of arts and disability organisations and contacts.


For more on some of the organisations we work with, please browse through our website or start with the features below - click on the image or hyperlink for more.

Image from Voice Stealer; Photo: Courtesy Stephen Holland

Degenerate 3

Theatre Workshop’s Degenerate Festival brings together leading disabled artists whose work and vision challenge outdated stereotypes and create a culture of excellence and diversity.  From 11 to 20 August.

Scene from Black Sun Over Genoa; Photo: courtesy Theatre Workshop

Theatre Workshop

In 2000, Theatre Workshop became the first professional producing Theatre in Europe to include professional disabled actors in all main house productions.

Scene from Fergus Steps Out; Photo: Marc Marnie

Lung Ha's turns 21

On 3 October 2005, Lung Ha’s, Scotland’s leading learning disability theatre company, celebrated its 21st birthday. 

Race day, benchtours' Mayhem; Photo: Marc Marnie

benchtours' community outreach

A leading provider of community and disability arts in Scotland, benchtours is totally committed to fully accessible work of the highest possible standard.

Did you know?

The Scottish Arts Council believes that this website should be accessible to all. Our website combines usability with design and is undergoing a final audit by the RNIB to ensure that it complies with high accessibility standards.  Find out more about accessibility.

Indepen-dance dancers at Future Perfect? conference; Photo: Pascal Saez.
Bill Shannon dancing at Future Perfect? conference; Photo: Pascal Saez
Deck of cards from engage exhibition; Photo: Pascal Saez
Future Perfect? conference; Photo: Pascal Saez
Indepen-dance performing at Future Perfect? conference; Photo: Pascal Saez
Bill Shannon dancing at Future Perfect? conference; Photo: Pascal Saez
BSL virtual dictionary at Future Perfect? conference; Photo: Pascal Saez.
Engage exhibition at Future Perfect? conference; Photo: Pascal Saez
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