Dave is centre stage with his hands raised in the air with a green light shining through him. Musicians are sat in a semi-circle behind him,
The British Paraorchestra, Terry Riley’s In C with Extraordinary Bodies. Photo by Paul Blakemore.

Announcing Unlimited Commissions 2017

A performance exploring female desire, sexuality and neoliberalism, a roving installation celebrating mind-wandering and magic carpets, the formation of a House of disabled Vogue ball performers, and a dance between two bodies of air feature amongst Unlimited’s 24 incredible new commissions and awards, with over £945,000 going directly to making these ambitious artworks happen.

Announced this afternoon at the No Boundaries conferences in Manchester and Hull are the six new Main Commissions and seven Research and Development (R&D) awards, and forming the two new additional strands for this round of Unlimited are five Emerging Artists commissions and six International Collaboration R&Ds. These works, selected from a pool of 269 strong applications, of which 60 were shortlisted, span a wide range of disciplines, and have been created by talented disabled artists from across the UK.

Watch the launch video below and/or scroll down to see the full list of commissions:

The Main Commissions are:


Research & Development Awards are granted to:


Emerging Artists commissions go to:


Finally, International Collaborations (R&Ds) are given to:


To find out more about the full application and selection process read our previous blog.

“One of my last but very pleasant tasks as the outgoing CEO of Shape is the announcement of the next round of recipients of Unlimited commissions and awards,” commented Tony Heaton OBE, Chief Executive of Shape Arts, “The panels have selected a diverse and eclectic mix of work which will amaze and engage, with some surprises! I think the range of ideas we have funded will once again show disabled artists at their creative and ambitious best, so sit up and take notice!”

“It is wonderful to see the continued growth and impact of Unlimited since its inception as part of the Cultural Olympiad,” said Abid Hussain, Director of Diversity at Arts Council England, “It has become a powerful and positive brand that has established an internationally recognised platform to showcase the exceptional range of work produced by disabled artists led by Shape Arts, Artsadmin and Senior Producer Jo Verrent. Unlimited III will feature artists from every English region, all UK nations as well as six additional countries with 54% of the work presented being female led. It will be a real celebration of the Creative Case for Diversity on an international scale.”

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You can read the full press release making the announcement here.