The Unlimited Panel

We’re really excited – after weeks of deliberation, we can finally announce the selection panel for Unlimited.  We were inundated with excellent people wanting to be on the panel so it’s been quite a job making the right decisions.

Our panel is wide ranging, including individuals with specialist knowledge of a wide range of arts forms, and from a variety of perspectives and roles. We have artists, producers, funders, programmers and more, and 75% of the voting panelists define as disabled so we can definitely tick the ‘disabled-led’ target we set ourselves. We are especially delighted it includes artists working in the visual arts, performance and digital realms, and persons that have played key parts in the disability arts sector in the UK and abroad in recent years as we’re convinced that the diversity is ideal for this round of Unlimited.

So who made it onto the panel?

Aaron Williamson – Independent Artist
Carole McFadden – British Council
Caroline Bowditch (observer) – representing Creative Scotland
Cathy Mager – former Bloomsbury Festival Director
Chenine Bhathena – Greater London Authority
Jo Verrent (non-voting) – Unlimited Senior Producer
Manick Govinda (non-voting) – Artsadmin
Marc Steene – Pallant House Gallery
Ruth Gould (Chair) – DadaFest
Sarah Pickthall – Independent Artist
Tony Heaton (non-voting) – Shape
Wendy Martin – Southbank Centre

To find out more about the panelists, their current roles and backgrounds, click here.

A representative from Arts Council England will be present as an observer.

Carole McFadden, Unlimited voting panellist and Program Manager Theatre and Dance for the British Council said:
‘Judging by the breadth and range of experience from potential advisory panellists applying to Unlimited, the previous 2012 Unlimited legacy clearly left an indelible mark on the UK arts and disability scene. We need great people like these to take these conversations and great art forward.’

Maggie Maxwell, Acting Portfolio Manager, Audience Development, Equalities and Participation, Creative Scotland, said:
‘The 2012 Unlimited programme saw ground-working work being produced to great acclaim in the UK and internationally.  We are sure that the 2014 commissions will have equal impact.  Given the range of talented artists across Scotland and the UK the judging panel will have a tough task deciding on the final commissions.’

Sarah Pickthall, Unlimited voting panellist and Independent Artist said:
‘I’m delighted to join the Unlimited selection panel. I’m particularly excited to be part of a process that supports the research and development of new ideas from a wealth of disabled artists across England and Scotland and to see the next phase of the Unlimited programme work its very particular magic.’

Many of our panel members have intricate links within either or both the Disability Arts /arts sectors. This makes their input and experience extremely  valuable. To ensure transparency we’re following Arts Council England’s procedures for declarations of interest. Everyone on the panel, voting or non voting, will have to declare in writing any interest in any applicant within the last five years. This means they will not be able to shortlist or comment on the application in any way, and will have to physically leave the room when the application is being discussed. It’s a standard protocol used within the arts and a very effective one.