Disability Arts Online has an operational alliance with the British Council to help commission content for its separate website and newsletter, Disability Arts International. Disability Arts International differs from Disability Arts Online in a number of key ways. Firstly, the target audience of Disability Arts International is overseas arts professionals; programmers, producers, policymakers and the like. Whereas as Disability Arts Online covers work from the grassroots and emerging artists upwards, Disability Arts International is all about showcasing excellence by disabled artists and companies on an international scale. The Disability Arts International website also hosts a directory of artists and companies who are looking for international touring/exhibiting opportunities in addition to resources, case studies and toolkits.
A major aspect of the partnership between Disability Arts Online and the British Council has been the commissioning of a number of short films primarily exploring access initiatives but also ground-breaking artistic innovations and trends in the UK and beyond. This playlist includes a small selection of the films that Disability Arts Online has worked with the British Council on, each of them looking at a ‘big picture’ issue including accessibility for disabled audiences in live music and museums and galleries, respectively; the Ramps on the Moon theatre consortium model which is shaking up mainstream theatre in the UK; three adventures with some of the disabled artists at the forefront of new developments in accessible music technology; and, how disabled artists are taking up leadership roles within the contemporary dance sector. The first film introduces Europe Beyond Access, a brand new pan-European collaboration project aimed at supporting disabled artists to smash through the glass ceilings of the theatre and dance sectors.
An audio introduction to Europe Beyond Access for visually impaired users is available below: