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Shape London

Shape London aims to increase access to the arts and cultural industries for disabled and deaf people, as audience members, participants and artists. It also works with London's arts sector, providing services such as access auditing and disability equality training. Our funding supports its core costs.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £284,900
  • 2013-2014: £291,452
  • 2014-2015: £299,030

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Shape Creatives - DJ: A Film by David Hevey

DJ is a dance instructor in various settings, has his dance community (Corali, Shape), Living his creative dream, Is a successful grant-aided dance-artist, Has gone beyond training in toy shops, an example of can-do success, don't want to talk money or barriers, just dance. About Shape Creatives 7 short-film documentaries on the artists and creatives that Shape supports and who support Shape. Shape Creatives was produced and creatively directed by David Hevey. Shape Creatives is part of Creative Steps 2013. Funded by the Big Lottery's Reaching Communities Fund, Creative Steps 2013 offers free professional development training to disabled people working in, or wanting to work in, the creative industries. Details on Creative Steps 2013 can be found here: http://www.shapearts.org.uk/employmentservices/creative-steps-.aspx

Shape Creatives - Lynn Cox: A Film by David Hevey

Interdisciplinary artist Lynn Cox is a recipient of the 2013 Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship. About Shape Creatives 7 short-film documentaries on the artists and creatives that Shape supports and who support Shape. Shape Creatives was produced and creatively directed by David Hevey. For more details on Lynn, visit her blog on the Shape Artists' site: http://www.shapeartists.org.uk/artists/divingintodarkness/ Shape Creatives is part of Creative Steps 2013. Funded by the Big Lottery's Reaching Communities Fund, Creative Steps 2013 offers free professional development training to disabled people working in, or wanting to work in, the creative industries. Details on Creative Steps 2013 can be found here: http://www.shapearts.org.uk/employmentservices/creative-steps-.aspx

Shape Creatives - Gus Cummins: A Film by David Hevey

Gus Cummins is a Bristol-based artist. Among his works, the 'Ictal Project' is gaining wide recognition in its aim to address epilepsy, and its associated stigma, through art. About Shape Creatives 7 short-film documentaries on the artists and creatives that Shape supports and who support Shape. Shape Creatives was produced and creatively directed by David Hevey. For more details on Gus, visit: http://www.ictal.net/ Shape Creatives is part of Creative Steps 2013. Funded by the Big Lottery's Reaching Communities Fund, Creative Steps 2013 offers free professional development training to disabled people working in, or wanting to work in, the creative industries. Details on Creative Steps 2013 can be found here: http://www.shapearts.org.uk/employmentservices/creative-steps-.aspx

Shape Creatives - Cara Dovecott: A Film by David Hevey

Cara Dovecott is a writer based in London. In addition to her fiction work, Cara writes factual articles on subjects such as: The psychology of literary characters; Disability rights; Literary criticism; Art reviews and more. About Shape Creatives 7 short-film documentaries on the artists and creatives that Shape supports and who support Shape. Shape Creatives was produced and creatively directed by David Hevey. For more details on Cara, see her blog on Shape Artists site, http://www.shapeartists.org.uk/artists/cara_dovecott/ Subscribe to the page for upload alerts. Shape Creatives is part of Creative Steps 2013. Funded by the Big Lottery's Reaching Communities Fund, Creative Steps 2013 offers free professional development training to disabled people working in, or wanting to work in, the creative industries. Details on Creative Steps 2013 can be found here: http://www.shapearts.org.uk/employmentservices/creative-steps-.aspx

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Sophie Partridge - Shape Creatives: a film by David Hevey

Sophie Partridge is an actor, writer & workshop artist, based in London. Sophie is currently in the process of developing her production of Song of Semmersuaq (#SongOfSemmersuaq). About Shape Creatives 7 short-film documentaries on the artists and creatives that Shape supports and who support Shape. Shape Creatives was produced and creatively directed by David Hevey. For more details on Sophie, see her blog on Shape Artists site, http://www.shapeartists.org.uk/artists/sophiep/ and her website, http://www.sophiepartridge.com/ For further details on Shape Creatives, click here: http://www.shapearts.org.uk/events/creative-steps--events-2013.aspx Subscribe to the page for upload alerts. Shape Creatives is part of Creative Steps 2013. Funded by the Big Lottery's Reaching Communities Fund, Creative Steps 2013 offers free professional development training to disabled people working in, or wanting to work in, the creative industries. Details on Creative Steps 2013 can be found here: http://www.shapearts.org.uk/employmentservices/creative-steps-.aspx

Stephen Bunce - Shape Creatives: a film by David Hevey

Film Two- Stephen Bunce Actor, father, Paralympian performer and one of the creators of contemporary Disability Art in performance

Melodie Holliday - Shape Creatives: a film by David Hevey

Melodie Holliday is a multidisciplinary artist who makes large scale Rock and Roll Appliques, which are obsessively stitched to the music of the Artist. Melodie's songs have been played on a number of stations including John Kennedy's Xposure (XFM) and Stuart Marconi's Freakzone Show (BBC 6 Music). Melodie was interviewed for Woman's Hour (BBC Radio 4). About Shape Creatives 7 short-film documentaries on the artists and creatives that Shape supports and who support Shape. Shape Creatives was produced and creatively directed by David Hevey. For more details on Melodie, see her blog on Shape Artists , http://www.shapeartists.org.uk/artists/melodie-holliday/ and her website, http://melodieholliday.weebly.com/ For further details on Shape Creatives, click here: http://www.shapearts.org.uk/events/creative-steps--events-2013.aspx Subscribe to the page for upload alerts. Shape Creatives is part of Creative Steps 2013. Funded by the Big Lottery's Reaching Communities Fund, Creative Steps 2013 offers free professional development training to disabled people working in, or wanting to work in, the creative industries. Details on Creative Steps 2013 can be found here: http://www.shapearts.org.uk/employmentservices/creative-steps-.aspx

"Public Bodies, Hidden Histories: Disability on Display" Talk at Shape 28th Sept 2011 Full Version

A panel discussion and opportunity to see the accompanying exhibition. How have people in history observed bodily difference differently? As a disabled person, what does it mean to be looked at constantly, to be an unintended performer? And what does it mean to take control of your own representation, as an actor or by drawing your self-portrait? The exhibition Re-framing Disability uncovers the extraordinary hidden histories behind the17th -19th century portraits of disabled people, many of whom earned a living exhibiting themselves to the public, and looks at their impact today through contemporary responses from 27 disabled participants from across the UK. The panel, chaired by Shape Chief Executive, Tony Heaton, will include Professor John Howard (King's College London), Re-framing Disability project participant and actress, Sophie Partridge, and Royal College of Physicians curator, Bridget Telfer. The discussion will provide invaluable insight into the exhibition, exploring these questions and the topic 'Public Bodies, Hidden Histories: Disability on Display.' In what way are disabled bodies public bodies?

Shape Artist Talks: Noëmi Lakmaier

Noëmi Lakmaier in conversation with Nikki Tomlinson, ArtsAdmin 'The Observer Effect' - 12th September 2013 Swiss Cottage Gallery Special thanks to Lucy Jefferies and Jonathan Murphy, London Borough of Camden and Nikki Tomlinson, ArtsAdmin Supported by the John Ellerman Foundation and Arts Council England.

Our Voices - Adobe Youth Voices Submission 2013

Shape Arts worked with a group of students from City and Islington College as part of their Paths for Life Drama class, in their Edexcel BTEC Entry Level Award. Through a series of workshops, the group explored importance of their voice in overcoming their barriers to learning and accessing the mainstream. The students expressed this through poem and narrative in "Our Voices". http://www.shapearts.org.uk Thanks to: Adobe Youth Voices Arts Council England Baily Thomas Charitable Fund British Council Youth in Action

Articulate Europe 2013 - Showreel

http://www.shapearts.org.uk 'Articulate Europe' brought together 16 young learning disabled people aged 13-30 from the UK, Austria and Italy for a 3-day meeting at Sadler's Wells, London. Thanks to support from British Council Youth In Action.

Join the Shape London to Brighton Bike Challenge 2013!

Over 2000 people are expected to take part raising funds for hundreds of different charities, including Shape! Click the link here to sign up: http://www.shapearts.org.uk/news/london-to-brighton-bike-ride-more-places-available.aspx Here's the team: http://www.shapearts.org.uk/makeadonation/fundraise-for-shape/challengeevents/shape-london-to-brighton-team-2013.aspx The event takes place on Sunday September 8th, and you could be part of it! After filling our initial allocation, we've added another ten places, so now is the ideal time to sign up to take part in this iconic event. London to Brighton happens on Sunday September 8th; The distance is 54 miles; This event is not a race, you can cycle at whatever pace suits you; The registration fee is £35; We're asking all participants to raise a minimum of £150; All money raised through this event will qualify to be doubled thanks to Catalyst Arts (from Arts Council England), so your £150 raised becomes £300 to support Shape's work. If you'd like to join Team Shape and sign up for this event please register online. We will provide as much support as we can to anyone who wants to do this challenge including help with getting a Just Giving page set up, sponsorship forms, and even t-shirts you can wear! If you need anymore information please call 020 7424 7353 or email simon@shapearts.org.uk.

Articulate - Showcase Reel 2012

http://www.shapearts.org.uk/ Over three years Shape delivered the Articulate project across London. The project supported young learning disabled people to voice their aspirations for their futures through workshops, information sessions, panel discussions, performances and access assessments. Articulate supported young learning disabled people to voice their aspirations for their future through workshops, information sessions, panel discussions, performances and access assessments. Shape also supports organisations with practical advice on how best to recruit and support young employees. The Articulate Project finished in December 2012.

Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary 2012

Simon Raven was artist-in-residence for three months in 2012 at Camden Arts Centre, London. He was awarded the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary, which is administered by Shape, a disability-led arts organisation. REcreative spoke to Shape Chief Executive Tony Heaton, Camden Art Centre's Ben Roberts and Simon himself about the residency - what it's involved, about the benefits for an artist and what the outcomes are. www.recreativeuk.com

Learning disabled employees - an employer's perspective

A film by Casual Films looking at the benefits of hiring a person with learning disability. Includes interviews with Royal Opera House, LOCOG and Argonaut Enterprises. Thanks to City and Islington College, Shape and Islington Council. Winner of abronze award in the Community category at the IVCA Clarion Awards 2013.

All that happened to us... choreographers' intro

Everyone present had a chance to hear from the lead choreographers on the project, Ann Dickie (Director of From Here to Maturity Dance Company) and Anna Bergström, Associate Artist, Candoco Dance Company and the scientists involved; Professor Raymond Lee and his colleagues, Dr Siobhan Strike and Dr Jin Luo from Roehampton University's Active Ageing Unit. The participative dance workshops were led by the lead choreographers and by Louise Portlock and Frank McDaniels of Gloucestershire Dance. Digital artist, Trevor Mathison's, sound and video piece was also shown, documenting the laboratory session in which data was collected on the lead choreographers' movements.

All that happened to us... 22 September 2011 - Dr Siobhan Strike's presentation

All that happened to us...., is part of the Specimens to Superhumans programme funded by a Wellcome Trust People Award, delivered in partnership by Shape and the Arts Catalyst, and designed to create a dialogue around science and bioethics issues between disabled artists and scientists. It was a 4 month collaborative project in partnership with 2 faculties of Roehampton University (Dance and Life Sciences), and Gloucestershire Dance. The project culminated in a full day of participative dance workshops and discussions on Thursday 22nd September.

All that happened to us.... summary

All that happened to us...., is part of the Specimens to Superhumans programme funded by a Wellcome Trust People Award, delivered in partnership by Shape and the Arts Catalyst, and designed to create a dialogue around science and bioethics issues between disabled artists and scientists. It was a 4 month collaborative project in partnership with 2 faculties of Roehampton University (Dance and Life Sciences), and Gloucestershire Dance. The project culminated in a full day of participative dance workshops and discussions on Thursday 22nd September. The 70 participants included: •research scientists in the biomechanics of ageing •20+ amateur older dancers, some in their 80s and 90s •20 Roehampton University dance students •experts in the field of inclusive dance •disabled amateur dancers •10 x professional dancers drawn from Candoco, the Company of Elders, ex-ballet Rambert and more The day gave people the opportunity to explore how a dancer's body adapts to compromises in the musculoskeletal system (whether as a result of the ageing process, disability or injury). It also focussed on the benefits to daily life derived from engaging in dance -- no matter what your age or access requirements. In addition, everyone had a chance to take part in a dance workshop led by experts in the fields of inclusive dance, pairing young with old and disabled with non-disabled.

Shape Camden Resident - Theo

Theo talks about his experience with Shape, including a paid work placement in the Royal Opera House box office. http://www.shapearts.org.uk

"Public Bodies, Hidden Histories: Disability on Display" Talk at Shape 28th Sept 2011 Part 1

A panel discussion and opportunity to see the accompanying exhibition. How have people in history observed bodily difference differently? As a disabled person, what does it mean to be looked at constantly, to be an unintended performer? And what does it mean to take control of your own representation, as an actor or by drawing your self-portrait? The exhibition Re-framing Disability uncovers the extraordinary hidden histories behind the17th -19th century portraits of disabled people, many of whom earned a living exhibiting themselves to the public, and looks at their impact today through contemporary responses from 27 disabled participants from across the UK. The panel, chaired by Shape Chief Executive, Tony Heaton, will include Professor John Howard (King's College London), Re-framing Disability project participant and actress, Sophie Partridge, and Royal College of Physicians curator, Bridget Telfer. The discussion will provide invaluable insight into the exhibition, exploring these questions and the topic 'Public Bodies, Hidden Histories: Disability on Display.' In what way are disabled bodies public bodies?

"Public Bodies, Hidden Histories: Disability on Display" Talk at Shape 28th Sept 2011 Part 1

A panel discussion and opportunity to see the accompanying exhibition. How have people in history observed bodily difference differently? As a disabled person, what does it mean to be looked at constantly, to be an unintended performer? And what does it mean to take control of your own representation, as an actor or by drawing your self-portrait? The exhibition Re-framing Disability uncovers the extraordinary hidden histories behind the17th -19th century portraits of disabled people, many of whom earned a living exhibiting themselves to the public, and looks at their impact today through contemporary responses from 27 disabled participants from across the UK. The panel, chaired by Shape Chief Executive, Tony Heaton, will include Professor John Howard (King's College London), Re-framing Disability project participant and actress, Sophie Partridge, and Royal College of Physicians curator, Bridget Telfer. The discussion will provide invaluable insight into the exhibition, exploring these questions and the topic 'Public Bodies, Hidden Histories: Disability on Display.' In what way are disabled bodies public bodies?

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