The National Disability Arts Collection and Archive


On 25 June 2015 NDACA announced the success of a Round 2 bid to HLF. With this total funding of nearly £1M, including support from Arts Council England and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Over the last year NDACA have begun work on the Project, which was officially launched at the House of Lords on 14 April. The project is currently in a three year Delivery Phase in which they collect 1000+ deposits, create the NDACA Wing at Buckinghamshire New University, create the NDACA repository at Zinc Arts, and create a whole host of digital and online tools, including films, pop up exhibitions and downloadable learning tools.

The archive plans to tell the stories – principally but not exclusively from the 1980s to the early 2000s – when disabled people and their allies broke barriers, forced changes in the law, and changed culture at a time when the reality of life for many disabled people were the restrictions imposed by day centres, special schools and repressive institutions. And through that process of change disabled people made great song, dance, art and culture about their experience.

Disability Arts Online is proud to be a project partner, working with NDACA to report on the artists within the collection; and to disseminate information about the programme as it develops.

To find out more go to the NDACA homepage.