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British Council - Disability Arts International
Newsletter #8: Funding change and reporting excellence
21 September 2017
Welcome to Disability Arts International, a website and digital newsletter from the British Council.
In this newsletter we explore the role that arts funders, networks and advocates play in driving improved opportunities for disabled people as audiences and artists: including contributions from Arts Council England, IETM network, European Cultural Foundation, and the British Council. Plus reports from conferences in Berlin and Ottawa.  
British Paraorchestra and Extraordinary Bodies performance
 
Arts Council England: the role of an arts funder in facilitating diversity and supporting greater access
Arts Council England (ACE) administers public funds for the arts in England. Over the past few years it has taken several measures to increase the diversity of the arts landscape, so that it better reflects wider society. This includes using strategic funds aimed specifically at diverse-led organisations, making all publicly funded arts organisations report on diversity data and adding budget categories for accessibility for both artists and audiences. 
Michael Turinsky
Fresh Perspectives: Permission to Stare
The International network for contemporary performing arts 
(IETM), in partnership with the British Council, has just released its latest publication 'Permission to Stare', exploring the aesthetics of disabled dance artists. It features an essay by editors Kate Marsh and Jonathan Burrows, matched by provocations from disabled artists from across Europe.
European Cultural Foundation session
European Cultural Foundation: working towards greater openness and inclusion
The European Cultural Foundation is a grant-making organisation which supports the role of culture in facilitating a more open and inclusive society across Europe. Two of its Grants Programme Officers share details of current opportunities and how the organisation would like to increase the number of disabled artists it supports.
Opportunity: Unlimited International Placement
It's your last chance to apply to for the Unlimited International placement scheme open to those working (or beginning to work) as an arts producer, curator or arts administrator outside of the UK. This is an excellent professional development opportunity for a disabled person to get hands-on experience of the delivery of the Unlimited festivals in 2018. 
Screengrab of Stopgap Dance Company
Best of the net: The Creative Case for Diversity
This two-minute film sums up the thinking behind Arts Council England's flagship initiative, the Creative Case for Diversity, which argues for the importance of diversity, not just in terms of the legal imperative for equality, but as a contributor to artistic excellence and innovation.
Edinburgh Artist Development Programme
Taking a show to Edinburgh Festival Fringe is one of the most daunting things an artist can do, but it remains one of the best platforms for artists to promote and showcase their work. The British Council this year gave eight disabled and/or black and minority ethnic artists the chance to experience Edinburgh through watching shows, networking and attending industry events to demystify the process. Laura Dajao, a participant in this year's programme reflects on the experience.
Republic of Inclusion
The Republic of Inclusion
The Republic of Inclusion was the culmination of a two-year dramaturgical and theatre-based inquiry about stories being told outside of so-called conventional theatrical fare in Canada. The concluding event took place in Ottawa at the end of June, with a radical approach to access and inclusion. It was produced by English Theatre at Canada’s National Arts Centre in collaboration with a series of partners. Project co-Curator Sarah Garton Stanley reflects on the event, and its 'Utopian strivings'.
Stretching the Physicality of Dance
Moving Beyond Inclusion partner, tanzfähig hosted a two-day conference in Berlin at the end of August entitled 'Stretching the Physicality of Dance' which sought to interrogate the impact of disability on the aesthetics of dance. Candoco Artist, Tanja Erhart attended the event, and considers the implications of the issues it raised.
Daryl Beeton, a square world
Featured artist profile: Daryl Beeton
Daryl Beeton is a UK-based artist and specialist in producing inclusive arts practice for young people. Daryl works with a variety of ambitious, imaginative and unorthodox approaches to creating relevant and playful theatre that removes barriers.
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