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Unlimited

  • Date: 13 December 2010
  • Artform: None
  • Area: National
Woman underwater in wheelchair Artist Susan Austin who has been awarded an Unlimited commission for Creating the Spectacle, Courtesy of the artist

London 2012, the UK Arts Councils and the British Council have commissioned high quality, ambitious work by disabled and Deaf artists that will be experienced by a broad range of audiences in a wide range of spaces, to help celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Unlimited is believed to be the largest single investment in creative work by disabled artists. It celebrates disability, arts, culture and sport on an unprecedented scale and encourages disabled and Deaf artists to push beyond their personal best alongside Paralympic athletes, by creating work which opens doors, changes minds, and inspires new collaborations.

Unlimited consists of four strands including Unlimited Commissions, a £1.5 million commissioning fund; Unlimited Talent; Unlimited Presents; and Unlimited International. There have been three rounds of commissions: over £400,000 was awarded to 10 commissions in the first round, more than £820,000 to 13 commissions in the second round and £70,000 to 12 commissions in the third and final round. 

To date, work has been performed on a variety of national and international stages. Janice Parker's Private Dancer received critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival where it won a Herald Award, while other commissions have been aired at Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, DaDaFest and IETM Glasgow.

Unlimited is principally funded by the Olympic Lottery Distributor, and is delivered in partnership between London 2012, Arts Council England, the Scottish Arts Council, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Council.