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Watch: artist Rachel Gadsden talks about the legacy of the Cultural Olympiad

  • Date: 17 September 2013
  • Area: International

Be Inspired: Rachel's Story

Seven Stories were not the only success story to feature at the National Lottery Awards last week. In this video, artist Rachel Gadsden talks about the legacy of the Cultural Olympiad and how she was inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Rachel was the recipient of one of 29 commissions awarded to enable Deaf and disabled artists to push boundaries and deliver ambitious work, which were all presented as part of the London 2012 Festival.

To capture the legacy of London 2012, the National Lottery have created a series of short films that look at the lasting impact of what was achieved last summer and how it is still helping individuals and communities across the UK. This update from Rachel looks back on some of the work that the Arts Council has been proud to support as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Watch our original film about Rachel's project here:

Unlimited: Rachel Gadsden

Rachel received a commission as part of Unlimited: a project that ran as part of the Cultural Olympiad and celebrated the work of Deaf and disabled artists on an unprecedented scale. It was principally funded by the Olympic Lottery Distributor, and delivered in partnership between London 2012, Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Council.

In the film, Rachel says: 'The Olympic and Paralympic Games gave me the opportunity to do projects that I could never have believed possible.'

'My work deals with vulnerable groups, disability groups: anybody that feels ostracised from our society.'

'Everyone is important. Each individual has gone through a certain journey to get to where they are - and, for me, that's incredibly inspirational.'

Useful links and further information

Find out more about the Cultural Olympiad

Find out more about Unlimited

Visit Rachel Gadsden’s website

Watch the film commissioned by the Arts Council earlier this year, on Rachel Gadsden’s work and Creative Case for Diversity policy

Read about Seven Stories' success at the National Lottery Awards

Follow Rachel and Arts Council England on Twitter