News: Cultural Olympiad launch Unlimited

Friday 16 October 2009

London 2012 has launched the UK’s largest ever disability arts programme as part of the Cultural Olympiad.
Its open now for disabled and deaf artists to apply for a slice of the £3 million which comes from the Olympic Lottery Distributor, using National Lottery funds, with additional funding and delivery by Arts Council England, the British Council, the Scottish Arts Council, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and London 2012.

Artists will be able to apply for awards of £25-50,000 as part of Unlimited Commissions. Unlimited Presents will bring new audiences to disability arts through major pieces of new work showcased at arts festivals, venues and London 2012 events, building up to and including the Games. Unlimited Talent will provide resources and training to foster young talent and develop skills, forging new partnerships between disability and mainstream arts organisations.
Unlimited International will support collaboration between the artists in the UK and other countries, showcase new work around the world, and promote a global debate amongst young people about disability rights.

Tony Hall, Chair of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Board, said: _“In Beijing we became the first Organising Committee to have disabled artists in the handover ceremony for the Olympic Games and we will continue this commitment to showcasing excellence from disabled and nondisabled artists and arts organisations. _
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“The UK produces some of the best disability arts in the world and by using the power of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, we can help the movement grow, foster young talent, enable collaboration between disabled and mainstream arts organisations and provide platforms to showcase excellence in the UK and around the world. The legacy for Unlimited will not only be a range of high quality new work but far wider, new partnerships, new audiences and increased skills and greater understanding.”

For details on how to apply visit:
www.london2012.com/unlimited

Photo: Tony Hall, with members of Cando2 (Candoco Dance Company’s Youth Dance Company). Photographer: Andrew Baker

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