Following a busy summer Together! are delighted to announce the programme for the Together! 2014 Disability History Month Festival, which this year will run from 19 November to 15 December 2014.
Highlights of a vibrant and varied programme include the festival launch and private view of our Open Exhibition on 19 November; Krip Hop Nation's workshop and performance on 26 November; The Hands Project on International Day of Disabled People; the Together! Disability Film Festival (5-7 December); and the launch of our poetry anthology and end-of-festival party on 15 December.
The Hands Project developed from activities over the summer and has already gone global, with partners in China, Australia and Thailand. Disabled people and our allies are making outlines of our hands in plastazote or card and decorating them before adding them to the rest, highlighting the fact that we are all both unique individuals and members of the same human race.
The Hands Project raises awareness of the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People, particularly Article 30 which covers rights to arts, leisure and sport. It also references the hand silhouettes spray-painted on cave walls across the world by some of the first artists.
In 2015 The Hands Proiect will become an international touring installation. Groups are encouraged to organise their own hands exhibition before sending them to us. Please click on this link to find out more, together with full instructions for making and posting.
Together! are in the process of delivering a 12-week course, My Body, My Relationships, using art and creativity to deliver alcohol and sex education for women who have been made vulnerable by missing out on this in the past.
The course, which has been supported by the Big Lottery Fund's Awards for All programme, is proving highly successful, and will make it easier for this group to participate in activities and otherwise to live more independently in the future.
In 2015 Together! will be available for commissioning to deliver the course in other London boroughs and regions. We can also train a suitably qualified and experienced member of your own team to deliver the course on your behalf and provide the accompanying materials.
For further details please contact Dr Ju Gosling, Artistic Director, Together! 2012 C.I.C.`
Disability Arts, Culture and Human Rights