Disability Arts Online and Graeae Present….

The Disability And…Podcast

Disability Arts Online, the leading publication for disability arts is joining forces with Graeae, one of the world’s most prominent disability-led theatre companies to deliver the Disability And…Podcast. The first episode, Disability And…Representation launched on May 20th on all major podcast platforms.

The Disability And…Podcast promises to get right to the heart of some of the most pressing issues in arts, culture and beyond with a series of bold, provocative and insightful interviews with disabled artists, key industry figures and the odd legend.

The first episode in the series, Disability And…Representation features a conversation between Deputy Artistic Director at Birmingham Rep (and former Associate Director of Graeae), Amit Sharma and Writer, Actor, Campaigner and Graeae Patron, Mat Fraser. They speak candidly about Mat’s remarkable career, his punk background and how he became politicised around disability rights following a particularly difficult audition.

Graeae has been a force for change in theatre and the wider world for nearly 40 years and Disability Arts Online has for some time been the home for critique and debate about disability arts and culture. Together they hope to tackle today’s burning topics, stir debate and have some laughs along the way.

Initially, The Disability And…Podcast will be released on a monthly basis and will be available on the Disability Arts Online and Graeae websites, on Graeae and Disability Arts Online’s dedicated Soundcloud and also via many of the leading podcast services including:

Spotify; TuneIn;  Stitcher;  ACast;  Blubrry;  Apple Podcasts/iTunes

If you know of any other channels that you’d like this podcast to be available on, please email [email protected]

The Disability And…Podcast will be edited by Ian Rattray for Clear Voice Enterprises, experts in accessible audio.

The second episode of The Disability And…Podcast, launching in June, will be ‘Disability And…Psychiatry’ featuring Colin Hambrook and disabled artist gobscure in conversation about the history of the representation of mental health and psychiatry within the arts. They will be looking at the contribution of writers, artists and thinkers from the 18th century to the present; from Mary Wollstonecraft to Jessie Kesson.

Future episodes will include topics such as comedy, activism, television and human rights. Listeners can send comments, questions and suggestions via the hashtag #DisabilityAnd

To listen to the first episode and for more information please go here

Disability Arts Online

December 3rd 2018

11am – 1pm

Free Event but booking needed

The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 3BX, UK

Celebrate International Day of Disabled People 2018 with Disability Arts Online at DaDaFest. Colin Hambrook and Trish Wheatley from Disability Arts Online host a panel discussion and invite the audience to respond to a recent provocation questioning perceptions of the Disability Arts Movement, past, present and future.

Allan Sutherland performs extracts from his new collection of transcription poetry drawn from oral history interviews with disabled artists.

As part of the D4D project, Allan Sutherland is carrying out research through his arts practice to explore the notion of community within disability arts. Linked to this, is Disability Arts Online’s research and reflection on disability, the arts and the impact of funding policy, austerity and digital technology on community.

The session with Vici Wreford-Sinnott and Lisette Auton on the panel will explore the following questions:
1. What does disability arts mean to you? Do you feel part of a disability arts movement now? Have you felt part of a Disability Arts Movement in the past?
2. How has the shift in economic policies and the withdrawal of state support for disabled people affected the creation of disability art? Have the barriers faced by disabled people changed? How do we see those changes played out through our art?
3. What impact has the internet had on the disability sector? How has the shift from disabled people coming together in the communal space to communicate in the digital space affected our disabled identity?

Darren Henley chief executive of Arts Council England will open the event with a short presentation on how the Arts Council intends to support the future development of disabled artists.

This event is part of the D4D project, funded by the AHRC’s Connected Communities research programme.

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