Accentuate challenges perceptions of disability by providing life changing opportunities for Deaf and disabled people to participate and lead within the cultural sector.

Accentuate is a national programme that works in partnership with others to create ground-breaking projects that support and promote the talents of deaf and disabled people in the cultural sector.

Launched in 2009 as the Paralympic inspired 2012 legacy programme for the South East, Accentuate has gone on to work across England with a range of partners to deliver Heritage, Arts and Research based projects, providing opportunities for disabled people not only to participate, but lead.  Recently Accentuate delivered the highly ambitious heritage project History of Place, working with over 100 volunteers to research 800 years of history significant to D/deaf and disabled people across 8 built heritage sites.

Currently Accentuate is one of the main delivery partners on the large scale research project D4D, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, working with over 8 Universities and a range of community partners to investigate the ways in which disabled people experience “community”.  Accentuate is also in the development phase of devising a project which aims to create a sea change in the way D/deaf and disabled people are represented in our museums.  Curating for Change, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Art Fund will work with over 20 museums across England to deliver a series of Fellowships and Traineeships for D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse curators.

You can find out more about all our projects on our projects page.

Accentuate is a specialist programme based within the organisation Screen South.  You can find out more about the wider work of Screen South on their website www.screensouth.org