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posted on: 10 June 2016, posted by: Simon Overington-Hickford
Good news for disabled artists living in Wales – you’ll be able to apply for the next round of Unlimited commissions in the autumn! Thanks to support from Arts Council Wales, Unlimited will be able extend its groundbreaking commissions programme into Wales once again, aligning with our funding from Arts Council England.
Unlimited began as part of the Cultural Olympiad, it originally included funds from across the United Kingdom supporting disabled artists from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Then, when Shape and Artsadmin won the tender from Art Council England to continue in 2013, both Creative Scotland and Arts Council Wales came into the programme.
Our funding from Arts Council Wales has enabled us to support the brilliant Cosy by Kaite O’Reilly:
‘When the lights go up at the end of Kaite O’Reilly’s Cosy… you might find that you have to pick yourself up off the floor and put an ice pack on your face for the clobber it gives you. This play fights you and your natural urge to ignore the inevitable; it provokes and can reduce you to tears like any great fighter. And it does so, as O’Reilly does so well, through language… This production stirs and questions our ideals of life and death in a beautiful and sensitive manner. It will make your heart pump and your belly shake.’ Denis Lennon, Art Scene in Wales
Diane Hebb, the Director of Engagement and Participation at Arts Council of Wales, says that “seeing more people creating, enjoying and taking part in the arts is one of our main ambitions. The arts in Wales will be stronger, more exciting and more relevant if they embrace more people; projects such as Unlimited help us to achieve these aims” and we completely agree.
Through Unlimited Impact, we also support emerging artists – like Chloe Phillips and her innovative exploration of audio description, the comedy of Ted Shiress, Richard Newnham and his online soap opera with the support of Hijinx, our visual arts work with talented young disabled artists working with Celf o Gwmpas – many of whom will be able to show and share work at Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Festival this September.
Our current Scottish commissions by Claire Cunningham and Cameron Morgan are a key feature of both Southbank Centre’s and Tramway’s Unlimited Festivals and both have plans to tour internationally; we have an additional Scottish small commission for Tramway with Mikko Karhu. Dancer is in the Made in Scotland showcase, Wendy Hoose has just finished its run at Soho Theatre and through Unlimited Impact we’ve worked with Luminate, Solar Bear and Summerhall in the last couple of years.
From the autumn, disabled artists based in Scotland should apply to Creative Scotland through the Open Project Fund. This fund supports the arts, screen and creative industries, with projects that seek to explore, realise and develop creative potential, widen access to work, and enrich Scotland’s reputation as a distinctive creative nation connected to the world. You can find further information here.