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Disabled arts organisations make an impact at Sync South East event

  • Date: 29 June 2010
  • Area: National, South East
Trespass, featuring dancers: Lucy Bennett and Chris Pavia, StopGap Dance Company, 2010

Trespass, featuring dancers: Lucy Bennett and Chris Pavia, StopGap Dance Company, 2010. Credit: Photo: Hugo Glendinning

Film footage, live blogging, and disabled dance performances will all feature at an upcoming event that aims to show how disabled arts organisations make a difference to society.

The event, called Impact, takes place on 21 July in Bracknell and is part of the Sync South East leadership programme that is helping people in the south east disability arts sector realise their potential in time for 2012.

Arts Council England regularly funded organisations StopGap and Dada-South will be among the 10 organisations to demonstrate how the work they do impacts on participants, audiences, commissioners, funders and artists.

Other disability arts organisations who have benefited from the Sync South East scheme and who are presenting at the event include Outside In, Sign Dance Collective, Anjali, Creative Future, Anjali, Disability Arts Online, Stingray, The Freewheelers, and No Handbags.

To date, Sync South East has worked with 10 organisations and projects and 30 individual artists and arts professionals.

Sync South East is part of Accentuate, a transformational programme of 15 projects that seeks to change perceptions and offer a wide range of opportunities across the south east to showcase the talents of disabled people. Accentuate is funded by Legacy Trust UK, SEEDA and regional cultural agencies, including Arts Council England.

Jo Verrent, Project Manager, Sync South East, says: 'This day gives us a real opportunity to show the value of the work that the organisations that are involved in Sync South East deliver on a daily basis. It's not just about showing the work itself, but about looking beyond that to see the real and tangible difference the work makes - to those who create it, experience it and see it.

'We know that engaging in creativity can be transformational - for all people, not just disabled people. We really want to attract a wide variety of people who can make a difference to witness the work of these 10 organisations - so they can be part of that transformational process themselves.'

The event is aimed at people who can make a difference: local authority arts officers; council employees; people from key organisations with education, outreach or partnership remits; funding bodies; and those engaged in similar work who might be looking for partnerships in the future.

Impact takes place on Wednesday 21 July 2010, 10.30am-5pm at South Hill Park, Bracknell.  To book your place at this free event, email Jo Verrent at . Places are strictly limited.