What is Disability? An explanation of the Traditional and Contemporary Ways of thinking about Disability, with further details about Disability and Diversity, Disability and the LGBTQI+ communities and Disability in Newham.
What is Disability Arts? Artistic Director Dr Ju Gosling FRSA explains the facts and theories behind the international Disability Arts movement.
The D-System Explains how the Together! Disability Film Festival has implemented the F-System and created the D-System to rate films according to the contributions made by women and Disabled people.
You can find out more here about Disability Arts activities run by our partners in Newham, as well as where to find out more about Disability Arts and Access.
- Disability Arts groups, classes and courses
- Disability Arts news
- More about Disability Arts
- Arts and Access
Contact us if you would like us to include your information here.
Together! works to capacity build existing Disability Arts groups in Newham and to help to form new ones. We also organise the Newham Disability Arts Network (NEWDAN) – contact us for more information.
Act Up is an inclusive community theatre company which creates and performs material based on the lived experiences of disabled people and carers. They welcome volunteers to help with stage management, technical support and directing as well as new actors. Contact Yvonne Brouwers on Yvonne.Brouwers@xs4all.nl or call 07570 860672.
Active Plus is an arts and activities group for disabled and disadvantaged people that seeks to enhance the quality of life of members as well as promoting the sharing of common values. The group can be contacted at Ithaca House, 27 Romford Road, London E15 4LJ. 07946 038142 / 020 8555 7122. firstname.lastname@example.org
Art Recovery Group meets weekly at the Garden Café, 7 Cundy Road, Custom House, London E16 3DJ. 020 7474 5257. For more information contact Sarah Hughes on 07946 405881 / email@example.com
Blue Sky Actors are Stratford Circus’ resident theatre company for actors with learning difficulties. Working with local theatre-makers Ray Downing & Jamilah Yakubu, participants expand their drama skills by taking part in theatre exercises, drama games and a performance in a professional studio theatre. Have fun, gain new skills build confidence and devise an ensemble play to perform to an audience of friends and family at the end of the term, Pantos a speciality!
- Fine Art for Adults with Learning Difficulties & Disabilities (ALDD) – Fridays from 11:15am-1:15pm. This accessible arts class explores everything from still life drawing to expressionist paintings, printmaking to collage – facilitated by experienced artists.
- The Art of Mosaics for Adults with Learning Difficulties & Disabilities (ALDD) – Fridays, 1:15-3:15pm. This class teaches the technique of mosaics – creating individual pieces and large group murals.
Newham Youth Steel Band runs classes for people with learning difficulties of all ages, and has specialist equipment for people who use wheelchairs or have difficulty bending.
Including news of Together! Disability Arts Online is a unique online journal for news and discussion, with weekly email updates.
John Pring’s Disability News Service provides weekly news stories about all things disability related, including arts news.
Together!’s Artistic Director Ju Gosling aka ju90 wrote the following online essays when she was artist-in-residence at the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA) at Holton Lee in Dorset.
- What is Disability Arts?
- Is there a future for Disability Arts?
- What is the relationship between Disability Arts and disabled people without a ‘disabled identity’?
- Why, when we have so much expertise, is access to new buildings still so problematic?
No Budget Guide for Artists to Disability Access (written by Together!’s Artistic Director Ju Gosling when she was New Work Network Associate).
Independent Street Arts Network Access Toolkit. Provides advice and guidance for making outdoor arts inclusive and accessible.
Attitude is Everything works with the live music industry to improve access for and inclusion of disabled people.
StageText provides access to theatre productions, talks in museums and galleries, and other arts-related events through captioning (like subtitling) and live speech-to-text transcription so that D/deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people can enjoy arts and culture.
filmpro ltd is a disabled-led digital art agency, and can provide recorded audio description (AD) and closed captioning (CC) services for films and videos as well as advising film-makers from the outset on accessibility.
Sound Induction Systems Ltd can provide audio-description systems to enable greater access for blind and visually impaired people to events, performances and screenings.