Unlimited is gearing up for Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015 with lots happening throughout August.
We’re presenting the very first Unlimited Exhibition in the Meadows Galleries at Summerhall (Venue 26). This is a unique collection of visual and mixed media installations: psychedelic paintings, films and installations from some of the UK’s most outstanding disabled artists.
Stories of people living on the street echo in the empty doorways of Summerhall’s internal courtyard in Bekki Perriman’s The Doorways Project. Fragmenting the Code(x) by Aidan Moesby and Pum Dunbar leads you into Lea Cummings‘ kaleidoscopic LIFEFORCE ALTAR/ER and on to find out 213 Things About Me (Richard Butchins).
The exhibition also includes screenings of Does it Matter?, a series of Channel 4 and Artsadmin commissioned shorts twisting the legacy of war, by Claire Cunningham, Tony Heaton, Jez Colborne, Simon Mckeown, and Katherine Araniello. Video pieces by Sheila Hill, Nicola Canavan and Craig Simpson muse on human fragility, whilst Katherine Araniello (plus her larger-than-life inflatable effigy) hosts a very extraordinary dinner party.
In addition, disabled artists across all art forms take their place in this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, with performances embedded in many showcases and venues.
A few that we are supporting include:
- Touretteshero’s Backstage in Biscuit Land at the Pleasance Courtyard, Venue 33, 24-30 August at 5pm.
- Fittings MultiMedia Arts’s Edmund the Learned Pig at Summerhall, Venue 26, 24-30 August at 11:20am
- Birds of Paradise & Random Accomplice’s Wendy Hoose at The Assembly Rooms, Venue 20, 17-30 August at 3:30pm
Some Unlimited artists are also presenting new work, which you might want to check out:
- Jo Bannon’s Alba at Forest Fringe, 24-28 August at 6pm
- Claire Cunningham’s Give Me a Reason to Live at Dance Base, 7-29 August at 3pm
Debate and discussion
Unlimited will also be opening up conversation through interventions, debates and discussions:
‘iF Not Now, When?’
Forest Fringe, Out Of The Blue Drill Hall, Venue 195, 25 August, 10:00-16:00 with ‘meet the artists’ lunch, 13:00-14:00
In association with Stopgap Dance Company, Forest Fringe, The Point (Eastleigh) and Colchester Arts Centre, iF presents a day of provocations and presentations as part of the iF Platform, a conversation day for a fairer arts future.
Jo Verrent, chairs discussions with panelists including Caroline Bowditch, Robert Gale and Jenny Sealey. Featuring performances from iF Platform artists and Unlimited commissioned artist Aaron Williamson.
For more information on the iF Platform, access information, accessible brochures and to book tickets, click here.
‘Disability – a creative advantage’
Fringe Central, Venue 2, 26 August, 11:00-12:00
Looking at disability from a fresh perspective. Just how are disabled artists using their life experience as a creative spur to create art that is innovative and universally appealing? Discussion led by Jo Verrent, as part of the Fringe Central programme.
‘Producing and the art of including everyone’
Fringe Central, Venue 1, 27 August, 14:00-15:00
Producers are often in the best position to advocate for access. Come find out when to do it, how to do it, and crucially why it’s so important for the whole cultural ecology. Discussion led by Jo Verrent, as part of the British Council Emerging Producers Development Programme. Limited capacity. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending.
See the timetable below for an overview. We hope to see you in Edinburgh!