Unlimited at the Edinburgh Fringe

Cast of Wendy Hoose during a performance
Wendy Hoose. Photograph by Eamonn McGoldrick

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the largest festival in the world – so naturally we are delighted that some of the work that Unlimited has supported will be there in August 2015.

Our aim is to shift the role of art creatively-led by disabled artists, ensuring it’s an essential part of the fabric of the cultural sector rather than a sympathetic add on. How? By being part of a network of producers, artists, companies and partners pushing for quality in both product and representation. That’s why you won’t see ‘Unlimited at the Fringe’ as a separate brand, and why instead you’ll find us smiling with delight as the artists we support, and many others, take their place within a wide range of different showcases, venues, platforms and opportunities within the Fringe programme as a whole.

So who’s going to be there, and where can you see them?

We are delighted that a number of shows we’ve supported from our first round have made it into the British Council showcase: Edmund the Learned Pig, (Fittings Multimedia Arts) and Backstage in Biscuit Land (Touretteshero). Backstage in Biscuit Land has also made it into Stopgap’s iF platform, alongside others including Jo Bannon with her new show Alba.

Also performing during the festival as part of the Made In Scotland Showcase, we have Wendy Hoose (Birds of Paradise) as well as Claire Cunningham (whose next show will be an Unlimited Commission from Round 2).

Edmund the Learned Pig – Summerhall (Venue 26), Aug 24 – 30, 11:20 Daily 

Backstage in Biscuit Land – Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), Aug 24 – 30, 17:00 Daily

Wendy Hoose – The Assembly Rooms (Venue 20), Aug 17 – 30, 15:30 Daily

We are also working with Summerhall (Venue 26) to present a programme of ambitious visual arts and mixed media installations by leading disabled artists for the duration of the festival. We’ll be showing a wide range of artists in the Meadows Galleries including:

And we’ll be pushing our way in to conversations as much as we can, like brilliant day of interventions, debates and discussions occurring as part of the iF Platform, within the Fringe Central main debates strand and as part of the British Council Emerging Producers Development scheme.

The iF Platform is a groundbreaking opportunity for companies producing work with disabled and non disabled artists. It will showcase the best integrated work from the UK at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from Aug 23 – 30 2015.

Disability – a creative advantage, Fringe Central (Venue 2) Wednesday 26th August, 11:00-12:00

Look at disability from a fresh perspective – just how are disabled artists using their lived experience as a creative spur to create art that is innovative and universally appealing?

Producing and the art of including everyone (well, disabled people for a start), Fringe Central (Venue 2) Thursday 27th August, 14:00-15:00

Producers are often in the best position to advocate for access. Come find out when to do it, how to do it, and crucially why it’s so important for the whole cultural ecology.

Going to the Fringe? Want a conversation with us? Lets arrange to meet up. Perhaps we can even take in a show, or an exhibition? Whatever your view, Unlimited wants to be a part of the conversation.


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