Unlimited's 2018 International Placement, Nolan sits in front of a wall of graffiti, wearing a black hate and glasses smiling
Unlimited's 2018 International Placement, Nolan Stevens

Unlimited International Placement: Nolan Stevens

In partnership with British Council, and with additional support from Arts Council England, Unlimited offered an international placement to two disabled people based outside of the UK. Artist, curator and writer Nolan Stevens, from Johannesburg, South Africa was one of our International placement holders in 2018.

Nolan wrote about his experience of working with Unlimited at the Unlimited Festival in a recent blog and about the international perspective he brought to a panel discussion at our event.

He spoke to us about his first encounters with Disability Art, the new skills he’s gained during his time with Unlimited, and how his placement has changed the way he sees himself. Watch his video below to find out more about his exciting plans for the future:

Unlimited International

Unlimited is an arts commissioning programme that aims to embed exceptional work by disabled artists within the UK and international cultural sectors, reach new audiences, and shift perceptions of disabled people. It is delivered in partnership by Shape Arts and Artsadmin, with funding from Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, British Council and Spirit of 2012.

In 2016 an Arts Council England’s Ambitions of Excellence award, match funded by the British Council, enabled Unlimited to extend global influence principally through co-commissions with non-UK based disabled artists.

You can read our case study on our previous three International Placements here, and you can read about our first International Placement, Morwenna Collett from Australia here.

In 2016 Unlimited was able to welcome two International Placements, with additional support from British Council – Sokny Onn from Cambodia, whose time with Unlimited you can read about here, and her 2017 visit to the UK here; our other 2016 placement was Fred Batale from Uganda, who wrote about his experience here.

You can also watch our video interviews with Sokny and Fred.