UNLIMITED today announced nine new commissions spanning a wide range of disciplines by some of the most talented and ambitious disabled artists from all over the UK.
A dark comedy about life and death, a sound installation exploring homeless culture, a story about the rise and fall of British capitalism and being lifted by 20,000 helium filled party balloons are among Unlimited’s most adventurous commissions yet.
Funded by Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Spirit of 2012 and Arts Council of Wales, and delivered by Shape Arts and Artsadmin, Unlimited will provide over £500,000 as well as mentoring support to the nine artists whose commissions were unveiled at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff and simultaneously online.
The awarded works were chosen by 11 panellists including high profile disabled artists and individuals from British Council, Southbank Centre and Tramway. The panel was chaired by Ruth Gould, Artistic Director for DaDaFest.
On announcing the new awards, Jo Verrent, Senior Producer, Unlimited said: “This round of work will be astonishing. The selection process was extraordinarily difficult with so many high quality, incredible applications – we could have spent four times the amount. The commissions are diverse in every way possible – art form, ambition, take on the world – just showing that disabled artists and disability-led companies truly can’t be categorised into just one box. Watch out!”
Awarded artist Aaron Williamson said: “Unlimited recognises that artists thrive when trusted to be ambitious, and this project would not even have been imagined, let alone made possible, without Unlimited’s integrated approach to artist development. We are extremely proud to be included in Unlimited’s programme of critically rigorous, innovative, and uncompromising disabled-led work”
The new commissions are:
Assisted Suicide the Musical – Liz Carr (England)
Cherophobia – Noëmi Lakmaier (England)
Cosy – Kaite O’Reilly (Wales)
Demonstrating the World (England) – Aaron Williamson
The Doorways Project – Bekki Perriman (England)
Grandad and the Machine – Jack Dean (England)
Him – Sheila Hill (England)
TV Classics Part 1 – Cameron Morgan (Scotland)
The Way You Look at Me Tonight (working title) – Claire Cunningham (Scotland)
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