Our global website Disability Arts International provides opportunities to deaf and disabled artists, and offers venue programmers, producers and art curators a unique window into the work developed by disabled artists and disabled-led organisations.

Catering for the needs of a professional global arts audience, the site allows artists to showcase their work on an international scale, broadening their reach and markets. It also offers promoters resources, case studies and personal testimonies, sharing insights into why the UK is recognised as a world leader in disabled-led arts.

Disability Arts International was inspired by Unlimited, a London 2012 Cultural Olympiad project.

We are actively looking for Romanian disabled artists or disabled-led companies to include in our artists and companies directory. Visit the website to find out how you can suggest an artist or company.

Europe Beyond Access

Our recent work in Arts and Disability is reflected through our ambitious four-year programme Europe Beyond Access, designed to support disabled artists break the glass ceilings of the contemporary theatre and dance sectors, internationalise their careers and revolutionise Europe’s performing arts scene.

The programme consists of an extensive plan of activity including new commissions, workshops, residencies, toolkits, networking events, performances, creative laboratories, artist interviews and films.

Find out more about the programme

Join the Europe Beyond Access Facebook Group

'Time to Act' report

‘Time to Act: How lack of knowledge in the cultural sector creates barriers for disabled artists and audiences’ is a new research report authored by On The Move, and commissioned by the British Council in the context of the Europe Beyond Access programme.

Spanning 42 countries, Time To Act provides the first transnational evidence that lack of knowledge in the mainstream cultural sector is a key barrier preventing disabled artists and arts professionals participating equally in European culture.

Some of the questions answered by this ground-breaking report include: 

  • How many European programmers are actively seeking work by disabled artists?
  • What are the barriers stopping mainstream cultural institutions becoming more accessible?
  • Who do Europe’s cultural managers think should be providing guidance and support to help them make their programmes more accessible to disabled arts professionals?

Read the report

'Reflecting on Change' report

'Reflecting on Change' is an independent report exploring international disability arts, written by artist and academic Tim Wheeler and commissioned by the British Council.

Through artist interviews and thoughtful analysis, Wheeler tells the story of our international arts and disability work, surveying 350 events in 54 countries since 2012. He finds that our disability arts programmes have brought about significant, long-term change.

'Reflecting on Change' contributes to the global conversation about how the cultural sector could work in more equitable ways following Covid-19. We hope it will inspire others to undertake their own journeys with disability arts.

Read the report

Making music more accessible: DIY Access Guides

We’re aiming to make music events around the world more accessible for Deaf and disabled audiences by offering up three simple, downloadable guides from the UK to the rest of the world.

The guides were developed by Attitude is Everything and any venue, promoter, band, festival or performer should be interested in giving them a read as they contain practical, easy to follow advice to make gigs and concerts more accessible so that music can reach and include the widest possible audience.

You can also read more about the original project and what actions can be taken here, or explore the Romanian versions of the guides, available through our partnership with Supereroi printre Noi and Help me Be a Rockstar. 

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