British Council Arts, Singapore

Our Year in 2016

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  1. Arts & Disability Forum 2016: Shaping Perspectives, Enabling Opportunities

  2. We launched the inaugural Arts & Disability Forum 2016 with the National Arts Council and Singapore International Foundation. The forum ran from 29-31 March at the National Gallery Singapore.
  3. Inspired by Unlimited Festival, the world's largest commissioning programme for disabled artists based in the UK. 馃嚞馃嚙 In 2014, every show at London's South Bank was sold out at least two weeks before! 

Learning so much from Jo Verrent, the senior producer of Unlimited (herself hearing impaired), especially the paradigm-shift notion of the Social Model of Disability. 

Jo also mentioned the work of Sue Austin: "Underwater Wheelchair" video installation (top right), and Paul Cummins, the creator of the Tower of London poppies work (bottom left). People with disabilities conceptualise ideas and create new perspectives, a freshness of voice, that the arts welcomes. 馃幁馃帹馃幎

It's all about access and inclusion, about mainstreaming disability arts. To boldly go where all others have gone before - is all they ask.

#ArtsandDisabilityForum2016 #artsanddisability #UnlimitedFestival #inclusivearts #sgarts #arts #disability #JoVerrent #alistsg
    Inspired by Unlimited Festival, the world's largest commissioning programme for disabled artists based in the UK. 馃嚞馃嚙 In 2014, every show at London's South Bank was sold out at least two weeks before! Learning so much from Jo Verrent, the senior producer of Unlimited (herself hearing impaired), especially the paradigm-shift notion of the Social Model of Disability. Jo also mentioned the work of Sue Austin: "Underwater Wheelchair" video installation (top right), and Paul Cummins, the creator of the Tower of London poppies work (bottom left). People with disabilities conceptualise ideas and create new perspectives, a freshness of voice, that the arts welcomes. 馃幁馃帹馃幎 It's all about access and inclusion, about mainstreaming disability arts. To boldly go where all others have gone before - is all they ask. #ArtsandDisabilityForum2016 #artsanddisability #UnlimitedFestival #inclusivearts #sgarts #arts #disability #JoVerrent #alistsg
  4. Speakers Jo Verrent, senior producer at Unlimited, Claire Cunningham, a multidisciplinary artist, and Barbara Lisicki and Zoe Partington, trainers from Shape Arts joined us from the UK.
  5. And some regional friends from Malaysia and Cambodia..
  6. The forum was fully subscribed and attended by participants from the arts, culture and social service sectors.
  7. Art can create social change if we continue to challenge society's assumptions about disability. We were introduced to the social model of disability, which simply means that disability is caused by the way society is designed. A person is not disabled if the right structures are created to be inclusive and universal. Remove the barriers.
  8. Arts & Disability Forum_Shape Workshop
    Arts & Disability Forum_Shape Workshop
  9. Participants were excited to make a difference. "To boldly go where everyone else has gone" - the ambition of inclusive arts in Singapore. They gathered on the rooftop of National Gallery Singapore to discuss how they could shift perceptions in society.
  10. Shape Arts conducted an access audit of the National Gallery Singapore.
  11. Shape Arts Walkabout Session_Arts & Disability Forum
    Shape Arts Walkabout Session_Arts & Disability Forum
  12. Audiences were treated to performances by PwD artists
  13. Watch the Arts & Disability Forum 2016 highlight reel below!
  14. Arts & Disability Forum 2016
  15. Continuing our work to support equality, diversity and inclusivity in the arts, the British Council partnered with the Singapore Writers Festival to pilot the first ever access programme at the fest.
  16. We sponsored sign language interpreters from the Singapore Association for the Deaf for select SWF events. Deaf and hearing impaired participants were given complimentary festival passes.
  17. By pioneering this programme, we supported people with disabilities by enabling access and equal opportunities to participate in the arts. Nine Deaf members of public signed up for the interpretation services. Seven of whom then attended one or more events at the festival.
  18. The inclusion of sign language interpretation was well received by not just the Deaf community, but by other festival goers. Members of public posted and shared the inclusion of sign language interpretation on social media as well. In addition, there were invited guests and other patrons who gave verbal feedback that expressed their appreciation of the inclusivity shown at the festival. At the festival, it was also observed that more disabled persons were present. There was also verbal feedback given that the festival grounds are one of the more accessible places in Singapore.
  19. Notes on Blindness Film Screening at the Singapore International Film Festival

  20. Notes On Blindness Trailer | SGIFF 2016
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