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Disability Arts Online work with the British Council to promote disability arts internationally

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The last few years have seen a strong contingent of British artists being showcased overseas through festival appearances and international touring. Through its focus on supporting disabled artists and a strong partnership with the Unlimited programme, the British Council has a key role in helping to spark new opportunities abroad and create an international dialogue about how disabled artists are challenging artistic form and content.

Image of a female performance artist wearing a mask and blowing a balloon

Screenshot of the British Council website featuring an image of the artist Estela Lapponi

The Disability Arts Online staff team were very pleased to secure a consultancy role to refresh the British Council’s Disability Arts International website earlier in the year and get the chance to find out more about what is happening on the International disability arts scene. This has provided an opportunity to update the content on the website and includes: profiles of artists and companies from the UK and abroad to promote tour-ready performances and exhibitions; and examples of best practice for creating access to the arts for disabled artists, audiences and visitors.

We have also worked with the British Council to create a new digital newsletter that highlights the profiled artists, discusses excellence, showcases international collaborations and provides links to access toolkits and advice. The first issue was released this week and can be seen here, where you can also sign up to receive future issues every 6 – 8 weeks.

Throughout this process we have been able to consolidate our partnership and expect this to lead to more interesting and exciting content for both our respective websites and newsletters.

Behind the scenes it’s been a very busy but rewarding time with the launch of the new look Disability Arts Online and this partnership work with the British Council. I personally have been very interested to learn more about what disabled artists are doing abroad and how the arts systems operate in different countries. There’s a real opportunity for disabled artists to have a central role in using the arts to share, explore, discuss and value different cultures. I feel this is needed now more than ever and I look forward to helping tell the stories of those artists’ success in the future.

We are continuing to work with the British Council to develop a content plan for their newsletter. If you would like to submit any stories about international collaborations, tours, conferences or other work for consideration, please get in touch trish@disabilityartsonline.org.uk

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This is really good news….a match made in heaven. I look forward to seeing the results of the Consultancy with the British Council.

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