Why is it taking so long? Can we speed up change? Will we ever get there?
Watch the recorded ATTITUDE session (with captions and BSL):
Caroline Bowditch, Caroline Bowditch has recently returned to Australia to take up the role as Executive Director at Arts Access Victoria after 16 years living and working in the UK. She is best known as a performer, maker, teacher and speaker. Caroline held the role as Scottish Dance Theatre’s Dance Agent for Change (2008-2012). She was awarded an Unlimited commission to create Leaving Limbo Landing (2012) for the Cultural Olympiad and in 2014 created Falling in Love with Frida, which was awarded a prestigious Herald Angel award. In 2016, she collaborated with Laura Hook, to create two works for young audiences, The Adventures of Snigel (3-8 years) and Snigel and Friends (under 1’s). Caroline has been an Associate Artist with Paragon Music (Glasgow), Dance4 (Nottingham) and Imaginate (Scotland) and was Visiting Professor at Coventry University. She has been a regular consultant on accessibility and inclusivity to Skånes Dansteater, Sweden and British Council. She has led international residencies in Italy, Switzerland and Germany is regularly invited to be mentor local, national and international artists at all levels of their artistic development.
Rachel Coldicutt is CEO of Doteveryone, a think tank that champions fairer technology for everyone in society. She has spent the last 20 years turning emerging technology into products and services, and helped many organisations adapt to the digital world. She has created and delivered large-scale content-driven services for Microsoft, BBC and Channel 4, was a pioneer in the UK digital arts sector, and has consulted for many FTSE companies across a range of sectors including finance, energy and healthcare. She is also a trustee of the Fawcett Society. doteveryone.org.uk/
Abid Hussain is Director, Diversity at Arts Council England, the national development agency for arts and culture, leading the organisation’s work on Equality, Inclusion and the Creative Case for Diversity. He is an alumnus of both the U.S International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) and the Salzburg Global Seminar. Outside of work he is a father of three, a long suffering but ever optimistic Blackburn Rovers fan, a former food blogger and you can frequently find him on Twitter at @ArtyAbid.
Paula Souza Lopez is a Brazilian performer, audio-describer, producer, cultural manager and translator, graduated in Social Communications (RTV and Drama), specialised in Language and Cultural Accessibility. As a British Council Associate Producer she implemented the platform ‘Unlimited: Arte sem Limites’ and has been researching and working with disability arts since 2013. She has curated and organised exhibitions, festivals, and mediated round tables, delivered workshops collaborating with venues such as Sesc SP, Itaú Cultural and Sesi, Oi Futuro. Paula conceived the creative accessibility plan for the successful theatre play ‘A Princesinha Medrosa’ integrating AD and Sign Language into the aesthetics of the piece. She has also created and implemented the access strategies for the exhibition ‘Inovanças’ at Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow) in Rio de Janeiro. Paula is a founding member of the Network Unlimited Accessible Territories, which was established in 2015.
Aby Watson is a Glasgow-based artist, maker, facilitator, performer and researcher working in contemporary performance. She is passionate about making complex, risk-taking and accessible performance for a wide variety of audiences. Her performances use movement, choreography, text, action and autobiography, with a healthy dose of humour, to explore elements of being human. She strives to challenge elitist values in performance. Her interests include deskilling, feminism, failure, pop culture and neurodiversity. Aby graduated with a first class (BA) Hons in Contemporary Performance Practice from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is a practice-based researcher and is currently undergoing her PhD ‘Choreographing Clumsy: Dyspraxia and Choreographic Practice’. Aby is dyslexic and dyspraxic and this identity is carried into every aspect of her practice. www.abywatson.co.uk
David Hevey is the CEO and Artistic Director of Shape Arts , co-delivery partners of Unlimited. David is a leading arts and culture producer, creative director and media professional with a track record across arts, cultural production, film, TV and photography, including multi-platform projects. His work has been seen by tens of millions. As a cultural creative and producer, David has been featured in and profiled on a string of media including BBC, Channel 4 and the Guardian. As Shape CEO, David also leads on a string of projects including Unlimited, the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary, the Shape Open and much more. Delivering for Shape, he is also the NDACA Project Director: David created and leads the innovative digital models of NDACA which has helped reach four million people to date. David continues to lead Shape into exploring new models of arts and cultural delivery, all based on Shape’s unique position of removing barriers to creative excellence.