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Unlimited: The Symposium – who is attending?

A discussion-led event designed to make change is only as useful as the people involved. Find out who is coming to the Symposium…

As we want the debate at Unlimited: The Symposium to be rich, useful and the biggest ever to be held on disability-led arts, it’s important that many people with different perspectives take part and varied voices can have their say. 

What the statistics say 

Our chairs and panelists will kick off the discussions before handing over to the floor and responses online. We’ve been introducing the panel members and their interests to you over on the blog and you can hear more about them in their short biographies.

We love a bit of data so have been looking at the stats and what they show. Across our hosts, chairs, speakers and artists providing interventions:

  • 62% are female, 38% are male
  • 76% are disabled people, 24% aren’t (or we don’t know if they are)
  • 62% are white, 38% are non-white
  • There is representation from England, Wales and Scotland, plus Finland, South Africa, Taiwan, Australia, Brazil, Austria, US and Palestine
  • A number identify as LBGTQIA+

There’s a mix of independent artists, people who work for arts organisations, policy makers and others on the boundary of the arts and wider cultural fields. Artforms are well covered with representatives working in visual arts, theatre, dance, music, literature, craft art and technology and those working across the cultural sector as a whole.

We work according to the social model, so don’t group people by impairments, although we have ensured a wide representation. In terms of access we are providing a huge range of provisions including both British Sign Language interpretation and Sign Supported English with lip speaking, captions, visual notetaking, audio description, both a rest area and a quiet room and more – check out version three of our access statement for more details. The access budget is running at nearly £15,000 for the event so far.


We’ve got over 250 attendees joining us at the Unicorn – individual practitioners and those from a range of organisations ­– from around the world, including from Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba. Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, UAE, UK, Ukraine, USA and Zimbabwe. Here’s just a flavour of some of the organisations who will be there:

  • Arts Council England
  • Arts Council of Wales
  • Autograph Gallery
  • Birds of Paradise Theatre
  • British Council
  • Candoco
  • CENART, Mexico
  • Creative Scotland
  • DaDaFest
  • Deaf Dance, Jamaica
  • DAO (Disability Arts Online)
  • Diverse City
  • Eclipse Theatre
  • Film London
  • Goldsmith’s University
  • Guangdong Time Museum, China
  • Headway Arts
  • House Theatre
  • IETM
  • John Hansard Gallery
  • Kennedy Centre, US
  • Made in Corby
  • National Theatre
  • Northern Stage
  • Onassis Cultural Centre, Greece
  • Open Up Music
  • Out of Joint
  • Outside In
  • Puskin Museum of Fine Arts, Russia
  • Skanes Dansteater, Sweden
  • Siobhan Davies Dance
  • Studio Voltaire
  • Spirit of 2012
  • Sundance Institute, US
  • The New Wolsey Theatre
  • The Place
  • Tramway
  • Watershed
  • Wellcome Collection

And many more.

Join in wherever you are

And remember whether you’re in the space or not, you can join in wherever you are. Read our recent blog to find out more about live-stream events and how to get involved online.