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The Unlimited Festival blog engages with artists, producers and audience at one of the biggest exposures of Disability Arts ever to happen in London. Coinciding with the Paralympic games, the festival runs from 30 August – 9 September, 2012

Nina Muehlemann reviews 'The Garden', an outdoor theatre spectacle by Graeae and Strange Fruit

8 September 2012

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photo of a performer high up on a pole against a blue sky

After the fantastic spectacle that was the Paralympic Opening Ceremony, which was speckled with both Shakespearian and punk influences and saw golden wheelchairs flying through the air, I have very high expectations of ‘The Garden’. This short outdoor play is a co-production between the theatre company Graeae and Strange Fruit, a performance company from Australia. It is co-directed by Jenny Sealey, Artistic Director at Graeae, who was also the artistic co-director for the...

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Unlimited artist Chris Tally Evans blogs about what it’s like to have his storytelling project and film, Turning Points, as part of the Unlimited Festival at the Southbank Centre

4 September 2012

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photograph of three people sat at a table doing an interview with two people standing behind holding equipment

It’s day one of the Unlimited Festival and I’m on the balcony of the Southbank Centre with London in all its sunshine glory as a backdrop. And I’m surrounded by a gang of teenagers, all thrusting things purposefully towards me. No I’m not being menaced. Far from it. This is a group from Roundhouse in North London doing a summer media course and they’re interviewing me on film and audio simultaneously for their website project. How good is this? What more proof can...

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Richard Downes on the Unlimited discussion, 'Changing Priorities Ahead'

2 September 2012

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Led by Sarah Pickhall, Clare Cunningham, Marc Brew, Mat Wandsworth and Jon Adams talked about - Disability, Art and Impairments. Some think Disability Arts is not what it was; not because the values we once applied are no longer valid but, because the culture we live in has changed. Disability Arts as was depended on political ideals ensconced in the Social Model and a sense of pride. It helped us to succeed and break down the barriers that excluded us. The change we made stimulated diversity....

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Deborah Caulfield's in-the-moment impression of the Unlimited dicussion 'Just Look What We Started'

2 September 2012

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Loosely painted portrait of Nabil Shaban who set up Graeae Theatre Company

'Just Look What We Started' was the first in a series of discussions on disability, art. labels and life in the Royal Festival Hall. Jude Kelly, artistic director of the Southbank Centre, kicks off with a personal reflection on Unlimited, ‘a triumph for team work.’ She says it has been a joy to see that what has emerged is (with no apology for using this word, although she knows it has been criticised) an extraordinary body of work. I’m thinking: From...

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Colin Hambrook responds to Motion Disabled Unlimited @ Southbank Centre

27 August 2012

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A core part of Simon McKeown's 'Motion Disabled Unlimited' commission is an 11-metre-tall  inflatable sculpture of a disabled avatar with short arms, which has been touring the country. Deborah Caulfield wrote a response for DAO, analysing its impact as part of the torch relay celebrations, in South Park, Oxford last month. Since then its been hard to keep up with it. The sculpture appeared in the Festival Square in Edinburgh and in Leicester. From the 29th August to 2nd September it will...

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Viv Colvill from Freewheelers introduces Steep Rain @ Liberty

23 August 2012

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Steep Rain is a new digital artwork from Freewheelers, created by the Company. It is one of the results of three years' work on the Audacity project funded by the Arts Council which has enabled us to collect stories about disabled people's lives and interactions in society.  Steep Rain explores experiences of disability choreographed imagery, animation, with a sound track of stories, set to music by Graham Dowdall, to create a visually stunning and powerful experience...

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