Deaf Explorer

Developing Deaf Artists, Participants and Audiences in the West Midlands and Beyond.


To mark the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act, BBC Arts, Arts Council England, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council of Wales and Creative Scotland have launched a new Culture in Quarantine commissioning round to celebrate the work of disabled, D/deaf and neurodiverse artists.

We want to hear from the full diversity of exceptional and established disabled artists, working in any discipline across the four nations. Proposals should be for video or audio content. There is no specific editorial brief: projects can – but do not have to – creatively respond to the disabled experience of living through the pandemic. 

The commissions will be published in 2021 on BBC platforms, with the aim of reaching audiences across the UK and worldwide. 

Deadline Tuesday 12 January 2021.

DYCP Now open, We encourage deaf artists to apply. Another round in 2021.

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Commission for Five Visuals artists

Attenborough Arts Centre and Disability Arts Online are working together to support five visual artists to access the support, materials or resources they need to sustain their practice during the continuing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

At a time when disabled artists are facing additional and ongoing barriers to work, we want to support those who are at risk of being unable to access vital resources and networks.

The five commissioned artists may use their award as they see fit to best support their artistic development during this time. This might include time to make new work, materials, support staff, research, or anything else that they need to sustain their practice.

In addition to the financial support on offer, all five selected artists will be invited to participate in regular conversations with each other and staff from AAC and DAO. We will work with the artists and support them to achieve their aims by helping them make connections and broaden their networks, understand and define their access needs, and through offering advice and guidance. We hope to facilitate dialogue, social exchange and mentoring support as well as supporting the five artists individually. There will also be opportunities for the artists to share their work via our websites and/or social media channels if this fits with the aims of their project.

The programme will begin in early 2021 and will end with an online event and discussion hosted by Disability Arts Online in late Spring.

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The deadline for submissions is 11:59pm on Sunday 6 December.

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