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Whose Identity is it Anyway? Being Black and Disabled in the Arts 

Unlimited has been planning with Slate, an international programme based in the North of England that aims to support thousands of Black Independent Artists by increasing access to local, national and international networks, to co-host a workshop and a panel session on 12 April 2018 addressing questions of identity…

Workshop
Slate and Unlimited are inviting artists who identify as both black and disabled to participate in an ‘open space’ workshop. What barriers do black and disabled artists face in the arts and what are the possible solutions?  We want artists to discuss and explore whatever they feel is necessary. We want you to leave with at least one action for change.

Venue: Studio, Sheffield Hallam University
Date: 12 April 2018
Registration: 1.30pm
Start time: 2pm
Duration: 2 hours

We’ll also have information on how to access particular grants, funding and how artists can have their accessibility needs met. The workshop is for black, disabled artists (To Eclipse, which is where the Slate programme is based, Black includes anyone who is marginalized for their race or ethnicity). Workshop participants will be invited to stay for the panel discussion.

If you would like to attend but are unable to do so without financial support, we are able to cover some travel expenses for people to attend the workshop and panel discussion. Get in touch with us if this applies to you.

Panel Discussion
We’ve invited three black, disabled artists to each issue a provocation based on their experiences of working in the arts. The resulting discussion, chaired by Cheryl Martin, will provide insights and possible solutions to the barriers that exist for black and disabled artists.

Venue: Old Post Hall, Sheffield Hallam University
Date: 12 April 2018
Start Time: 4.30pm
Duration: 1 hour (approx.)

Followed by a networking session for artists and professionals.
The panel discussion is open to all.

Panelists
Ria Hartley is an interdisciplinary artist, working across the field of Live Art & contemporary performance; devised theatre, site-specific, durational performance, installation, video, one-to-one, photography and socio-political practice.

Peter Kalu is a poet, fiction writer and playwright. He cut his teeth as a member of Manchester UK’s Moss Side Write black writers workshop and has produced eight novels, two film scripts and three theatre plays.

Mathy Selvakumaran makes movies and tells stories. She has a passion for giving a voice to people who are not always visible in the public eye or mainstream media. She is also a disability rights campaigner and activist.

This event will be BSL interpreted. Other access requirements can be met on demand, so get in touch and let us know what you need.

Performance
We have put aside a limited number of tickets for an accessible performance of the sell-out Black Men Walking by Eclipse Theatre for workshop participants and people that attend the panel discussion.

Venue: The Crucible
Date: 12 April 2018
Time: 7:45pm
Running Time: 1hr 30min (approx.) 

Access: BSL, Audio Described

If you would like to attend any part of the day, including the performance, please contact enabler@eclipsetheatre.org.uk as spaces are limited.
Slate is developed and delivered by the Black arts sector in the North, Slate is funded by an Arts Council England Sustained Theatre Award.