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Join us at Unlimited: The Symposium to tackle the key issues for disability-led arts across the world and ask how we are going to create positive change by 2020.

Tuesday 4 to Wednesday 5 September 2018
Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, London SE1 2HZ

What is Unlimited: The Symposium?
The Symposium is a disabled-led, two-day discussion event aimed at both a national and international audience across the cultural sector. You can attend the event in person or engage in the discussion and debate online.
The Symposium takes places in the lead up to the Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Festival, which will run from Wednesday 5 to Sunday 9 September 2018 and will feature Unlimited commissions.

Why are we holding it?
Unlimited has three aims – to commission high quality art by extraordinary disabled artists, to embed disabled artists in the cultural sector, and ultimately to transform the perception of disability.

We want to amplify the change which we have been a part of and emphasise the quality and breadth of artistic work by disabled artists and the far reaching partnerships which help make them happen, and we can’t do this alone. Artists, organisations, producers, programmers, curators, critics, funders and other professionals working across all art forms need to be a part of the conversation around disability arts and to discuss the issues, solutions and possibilities with disabled people themselves.

With the Symposium we aim to widen perspectives, increase knowledge and provide new ways to consider existing issues and, crucially, to allow time for real discussion and debate before attendees determine their actions to make change happen.

What will we discuss at the Symposium?
The Symposium will be broken down into four main sessions – Art, Equality, Attitude and Future – with each session focusing on a key topic. These topics have been chosen, through voting on Twitter polls, by our audiences in the arts and disability sectors:

  • Art: How can disabled artists change the ‘mainstream’ arts sector?
  • Equality: Disability, intersectional identities and the arts
  • Attitude: Why is it taking so long? Can we speed up change?Will we ever get there?
  • Future: Does new technology enable or create more barriers?

Each session will begin with provocations from a diverse range of speakers (who will be announced over the coming months), followed by discussion and debate in chaired breakout spaces and animated by artists-in-residence and other creative responses around the building.

Who is it for?
The Symposium is aimed at those working in the cultural sector, in the UK and/or internationally, who want to engage with different perspectives and to plan for real, disability-led change. UK and global audiences will also be able to view the provocations online and join the discussion on social media using the hashtag #UnltdSymposium.


  • Tickets have been priced on a sliding scale with ‘early bird’ prices for people booking before 31 May 2018.
  • Early bird prices start at £60 for freelance individual artists and producers (going up to £75 in June), £100 for those working for small organisations (going up to £150), £175 for those working for medium organisations (going up to £250) and £250 those working for large organisations and statutory bodies (going up to £300).
  • A number of no cost tickets have been set aside for people delivering access through the event and also for individual support workers attending with delegates.
  • Bursary places will be offered to people from under-represented groups after May 2018.

You can book tickets on Eventbrite at unlimitedthesymposium.eventbrite.co.uk from today.
Sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of this page, and follow @weareunltd and #UnltdSymposium on Twitter for more updates on speakers and more detailed information.

Introductory day on 3 September
Symposium attendees from organisations have the option to attend a free introductory day on Monday 3 September. We’ll explain the history and context of Unlimited and the UK disability arts scene, and give an introduction to disability equality and access. There is no additional fee, however numbers are limited.

The event aims to be accessible, open and inclusive. Access has been considered at all stages in the development of the event, and the initial details about planned access provisions can be downloaded here in Word and here in PDF.

For further information on any aspect of the symposium, please email symposium@weareunlimited.org.uk