The National Disability Arts Collection and Archive


NDACA is a £1-million project that brings to life the heritage and rich history of the UK Disability Arts Movement. The Disability Arts Movement began in the late 1970s and continues today. It involved a group of disabled people and their allies who broke down barriers, helped change the law with the Disability Discrimination Act of 1995, and made great culture and art about those struggles.

Since June 2015, the project have been collecting and digitising an online catalogue of 3,500 images, archived at You can also engage with learning resources, oral history films, learn about emerging disabled artists, biographies of those who contributed to the Disability Arts Movement, and much more.

Alongside the website, NDACA will be opening the uniquely accessible research facilities at Buckinghamshire New University in late 2018, which includes the NDACA Learning Wing and Repository of physical deposits.

NDACA is delivered by the disability-led arts organisation Shape Arts which provides opportunities and support for disabled artists and cultural organisations to build a more inclusive and representative cultural sector.

Disability Arts Online is delighted to have been contracted by Shape to produce resources for the NDACA project. To date we have delivered a series of 1000 word essays on a selection of 15 objects, giving context and providing audio-description of those images. We have also produced a series of 20 interviews with artists about their work to be streamed on the NDACA website. Other aspects of our engagement involve us in providing description for the launch booklet, a summary of the project on the website and an overview of the project to entice and engage visitors.

To find out more go to the NDACA homepage.

NDACA is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Joseph Rowntree Foundation.