National Disability Arts Collection and Archive

NDACA Research and Development Grant

Closing Date: 30 June 2017


Remuneration: £1,000 + mentoring

Applications are now open for the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA)’s new Research and Development mentoring grants for emerging disabled artists!

NDACA, the Disability Arts Movement heritage project delivered by Shape Arts, is inviting UK-based emerging disabled artists to apply for one of four £1,000 Research and Development Grants, which include mentoring by a key artist involved in the ‘Golden Age’ of the Disability Arts Movement. Applications are open to artists working in any art form, and they do not have to match the practice of their selected mentor.

Artists are invited to submit a personal statement about their artistic practice and a proposal of how they wish to make use of the grant award to us by 30 June 2017, with the selection process taking place shortly thereafter via a panel of professionals working in the disability arts sector. Successful applicants will be announced on 31 July 2017.

The NDACA Research and Development Grant is one of the fantastic ways we are using our Heritage Lottery Fund grant to support exciting disabled talent, connecting them to the heritage story of disability arts that went before
– David Hevey, Shape’s Chief Executive

The four successful applicants will be assigned to one mentor each for a series of five mentoring sessions, which will take place between September and December 2017. These mentors are all established disabled artists and are listed as follows:

  • Tony Heaton OBE, sculptor and co-founder of NDACA
  • Allan Sutherland, writer, poet and co-founder of NDACA
  • Tanya Raabe-Webber, visual artist
  • Julie McNamara, theatre director, playwright, producer and actor

NDACA will provide advice and support on how to create fully accessible artwork, including subtitling audio work and providing audio description for visual work.

In addition to funding, mentoring, accessibility advice and support, the emerging artists will be profiled by and have their work promoted through NDACA’s online platforms, facilitated by Shape Arts. They will also be invited to attend an event celebrating the launch of NDACA in April 2018.

To apply, please download the application pack and return it by 30 June 2017:

For more information or to discuss this opportunity, please contact Sarah Dormer on [email protected] or +44 (0) 207 424 7330