Unlimited Partners

Last week was the first partners’ meeting, bringing individuals old and new to the Unlimited table, representing the wide range of organisations involved in the delivery of Unlimited.

And we actually sat round a table too – representing a wide range of viewpoints, sizes and scales from statutory funding bodies like Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and British Council, to venues and organisations like Artsadmin and Southbank Centre, and those focusing more exclusively on diversity and disability – Shape, DadaFest and Disability Arts Online (You can read more about each partner organisation here.)

It’s a lot of people, but we find that there’s a strength in numbers: the wider the range of partners we have underpinning Unlimited, the more broad the reach is within the arts sector and beyond. Diversity of opinion is important to us – within the work and within our partners.

We caught up on news around the application process, looked at any art form gaps we thought might be emerging, agreed our key messages and began considering our evaluation strategy – all extremely useful stuff to have many heads on.

We’re looking to grow the amounts of partnerships in the near future too, through Unlimited Allies, for example, where we are already having lot of great conversations with people working across art forms: venues and museums, artists’ support organisations, independent producers and artists that can mentor artists…  (To find out more about Unlimited Allies, see our previous blog post.)

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – Unlimited can’t achieve the cultural shift we all want to see for disabled artists without working together with others. Our key partners are a crucial part of the journey.