Our newest team member, Abby, talks about taking on a new challenge in such uncertain times and how her interest in the body, dance, and movement has influenced her approach to the arts.
I’m Abby and I’m the newest member of the team. I am joining as Arts Support, working part-time remotely to support Jo Verrent and the Unlimited team on both the micro commissions and developing the Allies scheme.
Originally from London, I now live in East Anglia and love exploring the amazing countryside on my doorstep, whether that’s the Norfolk Broads or some of the beaches on the beautiful North Coast.
I’m joining the team at Unlimited at both a strange and exciting time. Even though COVID-19 means we are all living with uncertainty and anxiety, both personally and financially, there is also the good news that Unlimited have been funded to 2022 meaning they can carry on supporting disabled artists to make innovative and inspiring work. Over the next few months I will be managing a new micro commissions scheme in order to respond to artists most impacted by the crisis.
My background is in contemporary dance, I trained at Middlesex University and then also in Dance Science at Trinity Laban. I’ve worked as an academic and lecturer at London Contemporary Dance School, Rambert School and the University of Malta. I became really interested in the benefits of yoga for dancers and even wrote a PhD on it! I’m currently in the process of turning that into a book…
Other hats I wear as a freelancer are: working for the EU evaluating partnership funding applications to ‘Creative Europe,’ mentoring and supporting young dancers from Rambert School in their educational journey, and teaching yoga. In my yoga teaching practice, I am now working a lot more with people with hidden disabilities such as ME.
I’m really happy to have been given this opportunity to join an organisation that is doing something positive in a time when so many are struggling to keep their artistic practices going. I’m really looking forward to the next few months and getting to know everyone!