The Australia Council for the Arts hosted a lunchtime discussion with the Australian delegation who attended the Unlimited arts and disability festival at the Southbank Centre in London in September 2014. unlimited.southbankcentre.co.uk/
Lisa Burns (British Council)
Michelle Ryan (Restless Dance)
Emma Bennison (Arts Access Australia)
Gaelle Mellis (Access2Arts)
Panellists discuss the work shown at the festival, the standard of access provided, the Unlimited Commissions Programme, the British Council’s involvement in the event and touring considerations for artists with disability.
Facilitator Morwenna Collett from the Australia Council speaks about her experience undertaking an International secondment and Emma speaks about her research supported by an Australia Council Executive Leadership grant.
Following the successful Unlimited project which was at the heart of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and celebrated the work of artists with disability on an unprecedented scale, Shape and Artsadmin have been awarded £1.5 million by Arts Council England to deliver a new three year programme of Unlimited commissions with Jo Verrent as Senior Producer and key partners including Creative Scotland, British Council, Southbank Centre and DaDaFest.
Although not on the same scale of the first programme, this exciting development will offer a number of commissions and develop, produce and show ambitious and high quality work, with mentoring support.
The programme included a festival at Southbank Centre in 2014 and showcases of new work across the country through partnerships with venues and organisations.
For more information please head to:
Australia Council funding - australiacouncil.gov.au/funding/arts-and-disability-funding/
Unlimited - weareunlimited.org.uk