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2016 Reflections

September 2016: Vici Wreford-Sinnott reflects on the shifts taking place in her latest blog post. 

Here Comes the Sun

July 16: Thanks to ARCTIC PIRANHA it finally feels like summer! The planning group chose the theme of Summer Nights for our latest club night so we went all out for summer in the décor!

The Ledge

July 2016: A group poem by 45 Days to Find My Way members.

A Letter to a Friend

July 2016: A letter about a journey written as a group form 45 Days to Find My Way.

A Celebration of Determination

July 2016: So the 44th day of 45 Days to Find my Way came around. Our wonderful young people were so excited to share their final piece with a live audience in the theatre at ARC.

Five Brilliant Things About June

June 2016: A look back at five top highlights from the month of June.

Dust of the Street’s Shining

May 2016: Through Cultural Shift, ARC and Little Cog’s partnership has meant new opportunities for disabled artists and companies to be supported to develop work at ARC.

Disabled Artist’s Residency

April 2016: After the huge success of Pauline Heath’s residency with us in September and October last year we were really excited to hold an open call for the next residency opportunity.

Power In Our Hands

April 2016: It was brilliant that ARC chose to programme the British Deaf Association’s ground-breaking documentary, Power in Our Hands, in April. 

Red Carpet Night

April 2016: After the success of the first Club Night, Arctic Piranha, and its ‘Snow and Ice’ theme, the planning group wanted to go for something completely different this time.

A Mental Health Aesthetic in Disability Theatre

March 2016: It has been such a privilege to rekindle my body of work with the support of the team at ARC. 


February 2016: Surprise Stockton was a Valentine’s Weekend gift to the town of Stockton, presented on the High Street.

Disability Equality in the Arts at ARC

January 2016: The brilliant thing about Cultural Shift happening at ARC is that we were all clear that it was to be an artistic project from the outset.

Arctic Piranha

December 2015: Arctic Piranha Club Night has splashed onto the Club Night scene by and for learning disabled people!

Club night planning

November 2015: In the busy world of Cultural Shift we have brought disabled people together to plan our first club night, due to take place on Sat 5 Dec.


October 2015: I am thrilled as this month I have spent time on the research and development stage of my new play Butterfly, a one woman performance.

45 Days To Find My Way

October 2015: ​45 Days to Find My Way is a year-long project with 11 young disabled people exploring identity, personal ambition and achieving goals through the arts.


September 2015: Pauline Heath was with us in a residency to create a rehearsed reading of her first full length piece of theatre, Occupation.

What the world needs now

September 2015: September presented me with an opportunity to work with the amazing sound artist and director Peader Kirk and artist and activist Gigi Argyropoulou, who were in residence at ARC.

Cultural equality

August 2015: One of our commitments on the Cultural Shift Programme is to make one community production per year with Full Circle Theatre Company.

The Shift Begins

July 2015: It was so very difficult to keep it to ourselves when we heard we had been successful in our application to the Challenge Fund at Spirit of 2012 Trust.