Sandie has long black hair and is showing a group of people how to use the 'Cards for Inclusion' card game that Unlimited provided at the Symposium
Photo by Rachel Cherry

Unlimited International Placement: Sandie Yi

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. Due to the exceptional calibre of the candidates, Unlimited was able to offer an additional professional development placement to Chun-Shan (Sandie) Yi.

Sandie, a visual artist, was born and raised in Taiwan and is currently a PhD Candidate in Disability Studies at University of Illinois at Chicago.

Sandie joined Unlimited for the lead up to and the delivery of the Unlimited Symposium and Festival. She told us about her experience with Unlimited in a blog and shared her reflections after taking part in the ‘Pitch and Mix’ event at Southbank Centre’s Unlimited festival.

We spoke to Sandie about her journey to connect with disabled artists and activists in the U.K. and how she’s been inspired to push disability art forward.

Watch Sandie’s video below to find out more about her 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.