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Bella Todd

Bella Todd is a freelance arts journalist (Time Out, The Guardian and Guardian Guide, The Stage, The Arts Desk) and a former reviews commissioner and magazine editor. She has worked on the Music and Theatre desks of Time Out, and is the Editor of the Time Out Brighton Shortlist 2015 (Random House). She is a Trustee of New Writing South, a regular collaborator with Disability Arts Online, and runs workshops in arts writing and journalism skills. She has a particular interest in introducing new voices to arts criticism.

Posts by Bella Todd

Young people revolutionise the agenda for Creative Minds Midlands

Creative Minds Midlands was the fifth and final event in a series of groundbreaking conferences initiated by learning disabled artists back in 2013. This time it was led by a group of under-25s, under the banner ‘A Better Generation’. Host city Birmingham is the youngest in Europe, and home to ...

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Creative Minds North: an arts conference with a difference

Creative Minds North in Manchester was the first ever arts conference entirely devised and delivered by learning disabled artists. Last month, over 200 attendees from learning-disabled and non-learning-disabled arts organisations across the North, including West Yorkshire Playhouse and The Lowry, met to consider four themes: How is great art created? ...

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Crossing the Line: leaping over barriers

Arts journalist, Bella Todd reflects on Crossing the Line festival, which took place in Roubaix, France from 24-26 January 2017. It was a collaborative project bringing together three leading learning disability theatre companies from across Europe: Sweden’s Moomsteatern, France’s Compagnie de L’Oiseau Mouche and England’s Mind the Gap. Breaking (language) barriers There ...

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Open Theatre Company’s ‘Is That All There Is?’

Where are the artists with learning disabilities in the debate about diversity? What does work by young people with learning disabilities have to teach the artistic mainstream? With a showcase of solo work including Vault Festival award-winner The Misfit Analysis, the Is That All There Is? conference was all about inspiring new ...

A photograph of two performers taken from Corali Dance Company's production Origami Atoms

Creative Minds one day conference 2015

Why is the work of learning disabled artists under-represented in the wider arts world – and why does this matter? This was the question driving the Creative Minds conference on October 28th 2015, a gathering of artists, programmers, funders, academics, participatory organisations and professional companies organised and presented by people ...

An image of Katherine Araniello with flaming red hair, pictured within two frames suspended one above the other against a blue backdrop. In the top image a suited man is leaning over a table with a white cloth, as the cork from a bottle of bubbly shoots out and glasses and containers fly. In the lower image of Katherine’s wheelchair resembles an infants pram. The London skyline is traced in white lines at the bottom of the image

Unlimited’s Senior Producer Jo Verrent introduces the commissions programme

On the eve of the Unlimited Festival 2014 at London’s Southbank Centre, Jo Verrent talks to Bella Todd about the commissions programme and delivers some exciting partnership news set to ensure the festival’s legacy reverberates throughout the UK… and beyond. “The audience comment I most want to hear during next week’s ...

A production shot of Edmund the Learned Pig featuring the cast gathered around the pig puppet.

Wendy Martin talks about her plans for programming Unlimited 2014 at the Southbank Centre

Unlimited, led by Shape and ArtsAdmin, returns this September for another festival showcase at London’s Southbank Centre. Bella Todd talks to Wendy Martin, Head of Performance and Dance about her expectations for presenting the work of Deaf and disabled artists at the largest arts venue in Europe. In 2012 the Southbank ...

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