Guide to Disability Arts and Equal Opportunities

  •  PaulR
  •  03/02/2016
  •  News

Disability Arts Online and The Arts Council have produced a new guide to Disability Arts and Equal Opportunities. The aim of the guide is to show ways in which arts centres, arts organisations and artists can increase involve more people with disabilities through new approaches. The guide also makes the creative case for how this will also enable them to strengthen their own work.

We were delighted to help with this piece of research as it’s totally up our street through the work we do with our Gig Buddies project, which enables people with learning disabilities and autism to access mainstream arts opportunities in their communities. This kind of work is also in our ‘DNA’ as a charity, and very much about how we started, not just through creating art but also trying to enable more disabled people to access performances and things that happen in the evening.

Guide to Disability Arts and Equal Opportunities, Painting by artist Jasna Nikolic of two owls, placed centrally, surrounded by a group of semi-abstract objects, leaves and fruit Jasna Nikolic 'Talk - talk'Guide to Disability Arts and Equal Opportunities

Here’s a link to the full publication and you can read some more about our work in the section about ‘Access‘ and the work we do with our Gig Buddies project.

Our experiences of working with disabled and non-disabled artists has shown how collaborations can lead to all sorts of unexpected, and great things, and so we’re delighted to see this initiative. The aim of which is to unlock more opportunities for collaborations and greater creativity. There are of course legal duties in the UK to ensure that equality of opportunity is addressed, but up until now there has been little guidance on how to do this in practice.

The guide highlights some great case studies linking to arts organisations to get you thinking and give you some inspiration.

In particular there’s case studies from, New Wolsey Theatre, The Towner Gallery, The Pallant House Gallery, and Compagnie de l’Oiseau Mouche.

Find out more about various events happening in the learning disability arts world on our events pages, and don’t forget to tell us what you’re organising. We’re always happy to share what’s going on, as long as it’s ‘LATE’!

Check out the latest up to date listings here:

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