Deaf and disabled artists are a vital and exciting element of art and culture in the UK today, and Unlimited (III) will lever new routes to partnership, presentation and participation opportunities for such artists, both now and in the future.
Showcasing, creative case for diversity, talent development, mentoring.
Unlimited (III) is one award of up to £1.8 million.
Art organisations, including National Portfolio Organisations, with an annual turnover of at least £800,000. Find out more about eligibility in the Guidance for Applicants.
Applications for this fund closed on 11 February 2016.
About the fund
The aim of the Unlimited (III) fund is to build on the success of the work to date and the positive profile of the Unlimited brand in supporting and realising the artistic ambition of deaf and disabled artists. The overall intention is to promote the work of deaf and disabled artists as a vital and exciting element of art and culture in the UK and, in so doing, to lever open new routes to partnership, presentation and participation opportunities for artists, both now and in the future.
Aims of Unlimited (III)
Unlimited (III) aims to:
- create and deliver an open and accessible commissioning programme which places deaf and disabled people at the heart of the process and which focuses on quality and ambition
- create and deliver a complementary mentoring and artists’ development programme which seeks to support emerging artists, including encouraging access to opportunities beyond Unlimited
- develop showcasing and presentation opportunities, including working collaboratively with Southbank Centre on the delivery of their Unlimited Festival in 2018 and 2020
- identify particular challenges, gaps or opportunities and utilise the commissioning and development strands alongside other opportunities to address these
- promote critical review and sector debate as well as offering insight into creative practice and opportunities for shared learning through an art sector symposium, workshops or debates
When will the work take place?
Activities should be for the four-year funding period 2016–20, but we recognise that preparation and planning is required and that the programme may not run concurrently with the financial year.
Activities may therefore start on or after 1 September 2016 and may run up to 1 December 2020.
The Arts Council has awarded £1.8m for the Unlimited III programme to be delivered by two national-reaching organisations, Shape Arts and Artsadmin.
It will build on the success of the two previous Unlimited programmes, which took place between 2009 and 2016.
Shape Arts is a disability-led arts organisation working to improve access to culture for disabled people. It develops opportunities for disabled artists, helps cultural institutions to be more open to disabled people, and runs participatory arts and development programmes.
Artsadmin enables artists to create without boundaries, producing bold interdisciplinary work to connect with local, national and international audiences. At Toynbee Studios in East London, Artsadmin has established a centre for the creation and presentation of new work. Its advisory service supports with free advice and opportunities.
Shape and Artsadmin received funding in early 2016 from the Arts Council’s Ambitions for Excellence award for international development of the programme, extending Unlimited’s reach around the world. Unlimited Impact, funded by Spirit of 2012, focuses on supporting young people, geographic reach and ensuring legacy.
For reference, take a look at the application guidance below.
Unlimited fund - guidance for applicants
Unlimited III Commissions - March 2017
Unlimited III's 24 ambitious new commissions and awards include a wide range of disciplines, spotlighting talented diverse disabled artists working in the world today.
Jackie Hagan | Jumble Soul |Theatre North (England)
Solo show using puppetry and object manipulation based on verbatim theatre from interviews with people living in vulnerable circumstances.
Owen Lowery | Transitions | North (England)
Metaphorical and personal ‘Transitions’ are navigated through a series of new poems by Dr Owen William Lowery.
The British Paraorchestra | VELOCITY | South West (England)
The British Paraorchestra will work with Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory in Velocity, reinventing the role of composer to be part of the devising team, supported by Lloyd Coleman and the disabled musicians of the collective.
Fittings Multimedia Arts | Vogue: The Unlimited House of Krip | North (England)
A celebration of Vogue Balls - underground dance and fashion competitions for US drag and LGBTQ communities in the 1960’s
Jo Bannon | We Are Fucked | South West (England)
A new large-scale performance project exploring the internal and external experiences of female desire, sexuality and neoliberalism.
Kai Syng Tan| We sat on a mat and had a chat and made maps! | North (England)
A roving participatory installation celebrating mind-wandering, magic carpets, mapping, making, making small talk and making things up.
Anna Berry | Breathing Sculptures | Midlands (England)
An interactive and experiential outdoor installation lined with cones which breathe in and out - like being inside a lung - powered by static bicycles.
Rinkoo Barpaga | Bubble and Butch | Midlands (England)
A fusion of film and live performance focusing on Deaf identity, mental health issues and utilising British Urban Sign Language.
Raquel Meseguer/Unchartered Collective | A Crash Course in Cloudspotting (the subversive act of horizontality) | South West (England)
An installation piece that explores the experience of invisible disability (chronic pain) and provides a public resting space for neurodiverse people.
Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings | River Runs Through | South East (England)
Development of an artistic conversation between a Deaf Sudanese textile artist and a dyslexic glass artist referencing childhood affiliations with the Rivers Nile & Tamar.
Chloë Clarke (Phillips) | The Importance of Being Described...Earnestly? | Wales
An improvised comedy that features a fictional theatre company desperately attempting to put on an ‘inclusive’ performance featuring new audio description practices.
Jack Dean | Jeremiah | North (England)
Development of gig theatre with a full live band to weave the narrative through an original score mixing hip-hop, cinematic composition, spoken word and re-workings of traditional folk songs to tell the story of the Luddite rebellion.
Juliet Robson | HERTZ | South East (England)
Identification and translation of the sound of a number of stars into live visual patterns, creating an orchestra of the sounds of stars that can be heard, seen and felt.
Kristina Veasey | My Dirty Secret! | South East (England)
A vibrant, immersive installation transforming common household detritus into stunning fabrics running riot across walls, curtains, cushions and armchairs.
Thompson Hall & Ian Wornast | My Life in London | London (England)
A collaborative project with ActionSpace exploring the experiences and perceptions of people with learning disabilities as they live in and travel around London.
Aby Watson | One way or another [w/t] | Scotland
A new solo ‘duet’ between two bodies of air: one a helium balloon, one a human being. The balloon is deflating. The human is a dyspraxic woman on roller-skates.
Delson Weekes | Pull Up | London (England)
Creation of a concept album working with Bulblet and leading BLINK Dance Theatre in an interdisciplinary creative response.
Helen Hall | Reflective Moves | Northern Ireland
A solo dance and spoken word piece examining visual impairment and dance, playing with light sources and the sharing of personal viewpoints.
International Collaborations (R&D)
VIVA Carnival & Embaixadores Da Alegria | Alegria Samba School | South West (England) + Brazil
Creation of a fully integrated Brazilian style samba school including drum, dance, costume, theatre, song and float presentations.
Baluji Shrivastav OBE & Shri Ramana Maharishi Academy | Antardrishti - Inner Vision | London (England) + India
Creation of new compositions from an orchestra of blind musicians fusing musical styles from a wide range of cultural traditions, with multimedia aspect (Addictive TV).
Rachel Gadsden & Ali Saied | It was Paradise | London (England) + Palestine
It Was Paradise by Rachel Gadsden, a collaborative multi-visual installation, partnering with artists from Palestine highlighting the voice of the disempowered.
Kaite O’Reilly & Peter Sau | The Singapore ‘d’ Monologues | Wales + Singapore
A new version of the ‘d’ Monologues” based on the lived experience of being disabled in Singapore.
Billy Read & Ariel Ching-wai | Somebody’s Watching Me | Midlands (England) + Hong Kong
Deaf street dancers exploring a dystopian future where sign language users are exposed through surveillance with their language captured by CCTV.
Richard Butchins with Atelier Corners & Kazuyo Morita | The Voice of the Unicorn | London (England) + Japan
A multi-disciplinary collaboration incorporating the artists’ silence, revealing to the audience the unknown world of non-verbal behaviour & communication.