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7 November 2014

Unlimited, the initiative which supports disabled artists to create and present exceptional work across the artforms, announces the opening of the second round of submissions for commission funds. Disabled artists and companies who are creating new disability-led work are invited to apply.

Unlimited is funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Creative Scotland and delivered by Shape and Artsadmin. This round of Unlimited commissions will also be supported for the first time by Arts Council Wales which contributes £120,000.
Commissions from Unlimited’s first round of applications were highlights of this September’s Unlimited Festival at Southbank Centre. They included Katherine Araniello’s The Dinner Party Revisited, Julie McNamara’s Let Me Stay, Ian Johnston and Gary Gardiner’s Dancer, Jo Bannon’s Exposure, Fittings MultiMedia’s Edmund the Learned Pig, Birds of Paradise Theatre’s Wendy Hoose, Juan delGado’s The Flickering Darkness (Revisited) and Owen Lowery’s Otherwise Unchanged. Many of these artists continue to tour in 2014 and 2015.
Artists and companies are also invited to attend surgeries on the application process in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London, Caernarfon and Cardiff.

The deadline for applications is 2 February 2015 with funding decisions announced at the end of March 2015. For more details directly please contact Unlimited via
Jo Verrent, Senior Producer of Unlimited, said:

“Art is at the heart of Unlimited; it's the work that disabled artists and companies create that has the power and potential to transform perceptions. It’s a real privilege to be able to extend that opportunity now not just to artists based in England and Scotland but Wales too. I can't wait to see what they all have to offer!”

Diane Hebb, Director of Engagement and Participation from Arts Council Wales said:

“We are very pleased to support the second round of Unlimited commissions.  This exciting development will offer a number of commissions for Wales-based artists to develop and produce ambitious and high quality work, with mentoring support.

We aspire to a society that embraces equality and celebrates diversity and the Unlimited commissions play a vital part in realising this goal.”

Unlimited artists on tour in 2014 and 2015 

Listings information 

Ian Johnston and Gary Gardiner

8 November 2014 
Battersea Arts Centre
020 7223 2223

13 November
People Dancing Festival - Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
0116 253 3453

21 November
Dadafest, Liverpool
0151 707 1733

The vacuum cleaner’s Madlove Asylum 

13 November 2014
Nottingham Contemporary
0115 948 9750

14 November 2014 
 0191 2616027

Owen Lowery
Otherwise Unchanged

20 November 2014
John Rylands Library, Manchester
0161 306 0555

4 December 2014
The Bluecoat, Liverpool
0151 702 5324

10 February 2015
Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
01935 422884

6 May 2015
Worktown Literature Festival, Bolton
07954 996826

3 June 2015
The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Lumb Bank, Hebden Bridge
01422 843714

8 October 2015
Morley Literature Festival, Leeds
0844 848 2706

Flight Paths

26 November 2014
The Albany, Deptford
0208692 4446

Lea Cummings

17 January 2015
Project Ability Gallery, Glasgow
0141 552 2822

Fittings Multimedia
Edmund the Learned Pig

11 March 2015
Norwich Playhouse
01603 612580

19 March 2015
Liverpool Everyman
0151 709 4776

16 April 2015
West Yorkshire Playhouse
0113 213 7700

Jo Bannon

23 April 2015
Buzzcut – The Arches, Glasgow
0151 707 1733