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Conviva - A Symposium Exploring Disabled-led Arts

The Cultural Shift Conviva, meaning sharing of a feast, aims to give lots of food for thought and a means of creating practical actions we can all implement. Disabled artists and practitioners will talk about the context of disabled-led practice, and offer bite-size provocations to to invite discussion and seek solutions. Whether you are a disabled practitioner, or a company or venue wanting to include disabled people in your work, we are sure there will be something of value for everyone.

We will share our Cultural Shift working model, look at increasing and improving opportunities for disabled people in both professional and participatory work, and explore how to better support disabled artists. With information, encouragement and provocations from a range of key disabled practitioners and professionals, we will look at how you can get started, and how you can support artists to move on to the next stages of their careers. Disabled artists will have the chance to discuss the evolution of content, aesthetics and access, and also examine the impact of mainstreaming on disability identity in all its diversity.

Some of the fantastic people presenting are Deborah Williams (CEO, The Cultural Diversity Network – Broadcasting), Simon Startin (award-winning playwright and theatre director), Dolly Sen (award-winning writer, artist, performer and filmmaker), Michèle Taylor (Director of Change – Ramps on the Moon),  Jo Verrent (Senior Producer, Unlimited), reflections on the day from Aidan Moesby (national and international artist, curator and writer) and Tammy Reynolds (writer, performer and producer at DaDaFest), Paul Wilshaw (actor at Mind the Gap and independent theatre maker) will talk about his exciting new piece of work developed in residency at ARC. There will be comedy and also a sharing of an excerpt of Another England by Vici Wreford-Sinnott.


10.30am     Registration
11.00am     Welcome by Lynne Snowball Setting the scene with Vici Wreford-Sinnott Cultural Shift overview with Annabel Turpin and Vici Wreford Sinnot
11.30am     Keynote, Deborah Williams
11.40am     Visitor provocations:

Getting Started - Julie McNamara
Emerging Forever - Simon Startin
Spectacle - Dolly Sen
Identity - gobscure
Round table discussions lead by Jo Verrrent, Michèle Taylor, Nickie-Miles Wildin and Vici Wreford-Sinnott
1.20pm       Lunch
2.10pm       A word from our funders - Amy Finch, Spirit of 2012
2.20pm       Performance by Laurence Clark; A Pitch and Position Presentation Reflection by Cultural Shift Artist Paul Wilshaw; Full Circle - a short film; Reflection by Cultural Shift participant Emily Wilkinson; Participation - a short film
3.30pm       Break
4.00pm       Excerpt from Another England by Vici Wreford-Sinnott; Visitor reflections by Tammy Reynolds and Aidan Moesby; Feedback, reflections, action networking.
6.00pm       Close