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Pitch for disabled arts projects at Sync South East event in Milton Keynes

  • Date: 3 June 2011
  • Area: South East
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Choreographer Mark Smith and his all-male dance company, Deaf Men Dancing, 2011. Credit: Photograph: Mikah Smillie

A showcase and networking event of Deaf and disabled artists invites potential collaborators, producers and promoters to Milton Keynes this June.

Pitch! brings together 30 disabled artists and arts workers and 10 disability arts organisations and projects under one roof. The free event offers a chance for people to meet, network and pitch and includes performances, displays, discussions and debates.

Pitch! runs on Wednesday 15 June at The Stables, from 10.30am to 5pm.  

The event marks the conclusion of two-year Accentuate project Sync South East, a leadership development programme designed to support and develop Deaf and disabled people in the south east to reach their true potential.

Accentuate is the 2012 Legacy programme for the South East: 15 ambitious projects promoting the talent of Deaf and disabled people in their work, across arts, film, tourism, business, sport and heritage. Accentuate wants to make a cultural shift in the way disabled people are seen, as well as provide a variety of opportunities for disabled people to take part and to lead. Accentuate is funded by Arts Council England, Legacy Trust UK, SEEDA and other regional cultural agencies.

Pitch! programmer Jo Verrent says, 'People often assume that disabled artists and projects equates with low quality - Pitch! will blow that assumption out of the water. The work these artists are producing and the ambition of the programmes they are involved with is breathtaking.

'Pitch! shows the real diversity present within both the disability and the arts fields - including Anya Ustaszewski, an autistic composer and musician, dance by learning disabled dancer Mark Barber from Anjali, and a presentation of Being me Being, a project involving hidden disability, visual art and yoga created by deaf artist Sarah Scott.'
The event will also show live artwork being created on the day that is about the event by Rachel Gadsden, who was the first artist in residence at Hampton Court and recently won a London 2012 Unlimited commission.

Over the past two years, Sync South East has worked with over 30 individuals, and companies such as Anjali, Signdance Theatre International, Outside In, No Handbags, Dada-South, Disability Arts Online, Freewheelers, Creative Future, Stingray, and StopGAP have also taken part in the scheme.  

The Pitch! event is fully accessible and offers participants BSL interpreters, palantype and audio description.

For more information, please contact Jo Verrent on .