Shape Announces National Disability Arts Collection and Archive Project

ShapeShape is pleased to announce it has received funding for our NDACA (the National Disability Arts Collection And Archive) project. Which will preserve the story of the unique UK-based Disability Arts Movement; a phenomenal cultural moment when disabled people and their allies broke barriers, helped create changes in the law, and made great art and culture about those fights.

With a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £853,600, plus additional support from Arts Council England and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Shape Arts will create a digital archive documenting the history of the Disability Arts Movement since its inception in the 1970s. The archive will, for the first time, catalogue over 1000 pieces of artwork, print and film footage created by disabled people to express and reflect on their experiences.

An interactive website and catalogue will be created along with a learning programme and touring exhibitions to help people explore the little-known history of this movement and its contribution to politics and demands for greater equality.

For more information, click here.

From Kaite O’Reilly – DAC Patron

Kaite O'ReillyThis is a message from our Patron, Kaite O’Reilly

‘A friend has three large print copies of her debut novel (it’s fab, I’ve read it) to give away if people contact her via her website or follow her on twitter. She’d love to give them ideally to V.I. people, and so we need your help in promoting this…? Could you include this in any tweets or your weekly new bulletin? Information is here on my blog:’

Poetry Booklet – ‘Performance of Angels’

Performance of Angels001Performance of Angels’ is a new poetry booklet with a selection of 40 poems written by DAC member Ted Gibson.

Many of the poems are on the theme of blindness.

The booklet is for sale at £3 per copy and is sold in aid of the RNIB.

To purchase a copy of ‘Performance of Angels’ follow the link to Crystal magazine’s Blog spot:

Crystal Magazine blog/purchase copy of poetry booklet