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DAO is delighted to announce a significant Grants for the Arts award by Arts Council England (ACE) to commission eight disabled artists to work with organisations nationally to produce new works over the period of a year for online presentation.

These commissions will offer a wide range of artistic engagements with key arts and cultural organisations across the country exploring the arts from the perspective of the Creative Case for Diversity.

Watch this space for details of the artists and writers and the organisations they'll be working with! DAO is commissioning a range of digital artworks, film, live art and blogs which will create an outstanding contribution to Disability Arts through commenting on the representation of disabled people in the media during the year of the Cultural Olympiad.

Paul Bonham, Diversity in Arts Practice Relationship Manager at ACE, says:

“We are really thrilled that Disability Arts Online's exciting new project, Diverse Perspectives, is being supported through our National Lottery funded Grants for the Arts scheme. At the heart of this project is the Arts Council's Creative Case for Diversity, which sets out how diversity and equality can enrich the arts for artists, audiences and our wider society. Diverse Perspectives places disabled artists into arts organisations across the country, which will generate new digital content, creative responses and critical debate inspired by the Creative Case for Diversity and the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.”

In addition to the Diverse Perspectives commissioned artists, DAO's own writers will be out in full force during the Cultural Olympiad to capture the debate and critique the events involving disabled artists and audiences. This includes the 29 Unlimited commissions which will be toured around the country from now until September and will be part of Southbank’s Unlimited Festival from 31 August to 9 September 2012.

To help everyone keep track of what is going on, DAO will also be launching a special DAO Guide to 2012 app which will provide a comprehensive listings service with links to artists, venues, events and festivals.

Trish Wheatley, DAO's Director, says:

“This is a really exciting time for DAO and everyone involved in Disability Arts. There are so many disabled artists aiming for great things this year and DAO will be providing the platform for celebrating, examining and debating that. Combined with our own new commissions we are really looking forward to what promises to be a fascinating experience for everyone involved."