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Unlimited opportunities for disabled and deaf artists!

Are you a disabled and deaf artist, or disabled and deaf-led arts organisation, looking to develop your work, strengthen artistic practice, challenge perceptions and forge new partnerships with presenting venues and events?  If so, then Unlimited could be just the offer you’ve been waiting for! 

Unlimited is a new UK-wide disability arts commissioning fund being run as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.  The fund aims to commission new work that is artistically-led by disabled people and projects of between £25,000 and £50,000 are being actively encouraged.

Unlimited will celebrate disability, arts, culture and sport on an unprecedented scale, as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The application process is being operated by Arts Council England on behalf of London 2012, the Scottish Arts Council, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Council who have all contributed to the scheme.

The programme has four pillars:

  • Unlimited Commissions: a £1.5million commission fund to support the production of quality work by disabled and deaf artists, and disabled and deaf led arts organisations
  • Unlimited Talent: bespoke training and mentoring programme for successful applicants to support the realisation of their commission. Training will be specifically created for the needs of each artist or partnership
  • Unlimited Presents: work created through Unlimited Commissions will have the opportunity to be showcased in London and across the UK up to and including games time
  • Unlimited International: this will support collaboration between artists in the UK and other countries, and showcase new work around the world. It will also promote a global debate amongst young people about disability rights. This pillar of the programme is being led by the British Council and is still in development, full details will be announced in 2010

For more detailed information about Unlimited please visit Arts Council England website or contact Robert Gale, Equalities Officer (Arts and Disability) at the Scottish Arts Council.

Further information is available from the Scottish Arts Council on the London 2012 and Glasgow 2014.

New Disability Equality Scheme

We’d also like to hear your views on other Disability Equality issues.  The Scottish Arts Council is required to review and publish a Disability Equality scheme every three years and we are beginning our preparations for a new scheme. Before we set out our priorities for the next three years, we must first reflect on what’s been achieved and focus on where improvements are required. That’s where you come in – your views on the key disability discrimination issues within your sector are important and we aim to ensure they are reflected within the scheme.

We have developed a consultation questionnaire as part of that process and would greatly appreciate your input.  Your answers will be treated in the strictest confidence and will only be used to inform our revised Disability Equality Scheme.

The questions in this consultation are designed to look at aspects of our work and we are keen to get a sense of what needs to change or develop.

If you feel that there is something missing please do not hesitate to contact us and let us know.  Using your feedback will help us create a new action plan to reflect your priorities.

The questionnaire can be found here and will be available online until the end of November. If you would like to receive the questionnaire in any other format please contact Adrienne Zitt on 0131 226 6051 or email.

Passionate but Perplexed

The Scottish Arts Council’s Equalities team is also running an event at the Traverse Theatre on 23 November to influence the Disability Equality Scheme. The team will be listening to views about work made by deaf and disabled artists and performers and how that work is perceived by the arts industry and public.  Facilitated by Garry Robson, Passionate and Perplexed is an opportunity for the deaf and disability arts community to gather in Open Space and work on what could be improved. 

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* London 2012 and Glasgow 2014
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