Act Up! Newham present the world premiere of When You See Me at Stratford Circus 1 on Friday 23 November 2018 at 7pm to launch the Together! 2018 Disability History Month Festival.

Welcome to the Together! 2012 CIC Home Page – click here for details of the Together! 2018 Disability History Month Festival. Together! 2012 CIC is led by locally based disabled artists, and is creating a Paralympic cultural Legacy in East London by making the main Host Borough of Newham into an international centre of excellence for Disability Arts. In April 2018 Together! 2012 CIC became an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

We run a free year-round programme of creative workshops for disabled people and their companions, and free disabled-led exhibitions, events, performances and screenings for everyone, culminating each year in our month-long Together! Festival for Disability History Month. We help to strengthen existing Disability Arts groups in East London and create new ones, and work to connect local communities with the developing Disability Arts offer in Stratford’s Cultural Quarter and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

“Together! is where the next generation of grassroots Deaf and disabled artists will come from.”

We also run the Together! 2012 Consultancy, empowering organisations of all sizes to be Inclusion Confident as well as delivering inclusive events and activities on clients’ behalf. We will shortly be launching an online retail platform for work by disabled artists and makers, the Together! 2012 Gallery.

Together! at Newham Carnival 2015.

Together! at Newham Carnival 2015

‘Together’ is our philosophy, and we work with a wide range of local and national partners whose support has made our progress possible (see below for partners’ logos and links).

Photograph of a man in a dark hat and sunglasses, with a brightly coloured wig and make up on and a red and white spotted handkerchief around his neck, dressed for carnival or a parade.

The late David Morris in festival mode

We support the Arts Council’s aim of ‘great art for everyone’. We bring great art to the doorstep in a borough which at the start of 2012 officially had the lowest level of arts engagement in the UK. We create performances and exhibitions at pop-up venues throughout Newham as well as at some of the oldest venues in the borough. Within our programming we prioritise emerging artists, together with established artists making work that takes them in new directions, and artists who have remained undiscovered for too long. We are always particularly interested in work that reflects the lived experiences of disabled people, and represents communities who too often remain invisible.

Our community based programme brings together amateur, community, semi-professional and professional disabled artists to learn and share work on equal terms. Learning is important in all we do, including training disabled people to deliver live events and produce exhibitions, and providing opportunities to experience a wide range of roles related to careers in the arts.

Together! is inspired by the late David Morris (1958-2010), External Inclusion lead at London 2012 and the Mayor of London’s disability adviser, whose work changed the lives of many disabled Londoners. David’s unique ethos underpins our aims and objectives.

Locally based poet and singer Dwain Bryan at the Together! tent at the 2016 Liberty Festival

Locally based poet and singer Dwain Bryan at the Together! tent at the 2016 Liberty Festival

We are committed to making all of our activities free to access for audience members and workshop participants. You can make a donation to support our work by clicking the ‘Donate’ button at the bottom of this page, or email us on info@together2012.org.uk or call 07973 252751 for more information or to volunteer.

Read our Twitter stream for updates or subscribe to our mailing listWe are also on Facebook (Together 2012 CIC) and Flicker (together2012)

Watch our 4.5min film here, celebrating the first three years of Together! 2012. 

“Together! 2012 is helping to deliver our vision of using the power of the 2012 Games to boost disabled people’s participation in arts and culture. I am proud that, with the help of partners such as Together! 2012 and the UK Disabled People’s Council, we will be able to create a lasting and meaningful cultural Paralympic Legacy in East London.” 

Lord Sebastian Coe, the Prime Minister’s Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Ambassador

Photograph of a canvas banner, with the name Together! 2012 written at the bottom in colourful graffiti, with spray painted symbols above of different art forms such as a palette and brushes, camera, book, needle and cotton, clapperboard, microphone etc

The banner created by participants in our Summer Together! graffiti art workshop with Graffiti Life.