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Unlimited’s continuing until 2020…!

We’re thrilled to announce that Shape Arts and Artsadmin have been awarded £1.8m by the Arts Council England to continue delivering Unlimited until 2020!

Building on our success over the past 3 years, this third incarnation of the Unlimited programme will take place from 2016 to 2020, continuing to produce ambitious and high-quality work by disabled artists, award research and development grants and provide mentoring to disabled artists.

Unlimited is delivered in partnership by disability-led arts organisation Shape and arts production agency Artsadmin, with Jo Verrent continuing as our Senior Producer. Jo speaks for the whole Unlimited team when she says that we’re “delighted that Arts Council England is continuing its investment in such a pivotal programme. Unlimited – and the many more initiatives and programmes working in similar areas – are playing a vital role in ending discrimination by challenging the barriers in making, creating, platforming and sharing work. We look forward to a time when equality and diversity are commonplace within the cultural sector, knowing that Unlimited will have been so instrumental in its making.”

Joyce Wilson, London Area Director of Arts Council England, says that “it is vital that no Deaf or disabled artist experiences barriers to realising their ambitions, whether that be socially, physically or economically. Unlimited demonstrates the Arts Council’s commitment to this belief. We are excited to be working with Shape Arts and Artsadmin, who will use their expertise and insight to build on the success of the work to date and continue to develop the positive profile of the Unlimited brand. This year, there will be an enhanced focus on talent development and, with our support, international partnerships, building on the excellent existing partnerships with Southbank Centre and Tramway festivals to make new connections across the globe.”

Over the next four years, Unlimited’s position as a catalyst for change in the cultural sector will be amplified. Our new programme will continue to support talented disabled artists to develop their practice and build new relationships and collaborations with venues and festivals so more audiences get the opportunity to see the work. Comprising 3 separate commissioning rounds, applications for the first round will open this October and artists to be commissioned will be confirmed in March 2017 – watch this space!

Read the full press release here.

Read Arts Council England’s full announcement here.



Image: Aaron Williamson – “Demonstrating the World”, Unlimited commission 2015-16