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“Cultural Shift is an extraordinary three year programme of artistic activity, led by disabled people at ARC Stockton, ensuring that the extraordinary voices of disabled people are heard and that the incredibly diverse art created by disabled people is valued as equal in our cultural landscape. We are challenging perceptions, creating new opportunities and introducing new people to the work of disabled artists.

The first year of the project saw amazing things happening, we hope our excitement for the next part of the project is infectious and that you’ll come and see what it’s all about!”

Vici Wreford-Sinnott
Creative Lead, Cultural Shift


Spirit of 2012

Cultural Shift is a three year programme of artistic activity at ARC Stockton created to challenge perceptions, create new opportunities and introduce new people to the work of disabled artists. Cultural Shift is funded by the Spirit of 2012 Trust, a charity endowed by the Big Lottery Fund to perpetuate the transformational spirit of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games within communities across the UK to provide a lasting social and cultural legacy.


Opportunities for professional disabled artists

We aim for excellence at Cultural Shift, and the artistic nature and quality of all the work we support, create and programme is informed by a brand new Artistic Policy. Cultural Shift is both increasing and improving opportunities for disabled artists, by ensuring more disabled artists and companies are programmed in ARC’s artistic programme, and are supported to make new work.


Programming professional work by disabled artists and companies

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Professional Development – Residencies and Training

We’re also supporting disabled artists to develop work, either through our residency programme, through ARC’s Getaways, professional development workshops and masterclasses.

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We’re also thrilled to have been funded by the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme to design a bespoke Introduction to Directing Course for disabled theatre makers


Taking Part

Cultural Shift is committed to supporting the next generation of disabled people in the arts by creating a range of quality disabled led activities. There are currently very few professional arts opportunities to take part or collaborate so we’re delighted to be delivering over 300 workshops over 3 years. It’s essential that the participation opportunities we create allow people to find their voices in arts activity, and feel connected to their community. We took a decision to ensure that the arts activities we design are offered over extended time frames to make sure that they are meaningful and relevant to those taking part.


Know Who We Are was a portraiture exhibition challenging commonly held misconceptions about disability and disabled people.


#Surprise Stockton Flash Mob Our 45 Days group created a flash mob on Stockton High Street. The response was phenomenal!


A Celebration of Determination 45 Days group had a platform to share their voices, their ideas and their experiences.


25 Days to Find My Way is a project where disabled people explore identity whilst developing skills in photography, animation, portraiture and performance.


‘Things that Matter’ is the working title of an exciting new group of disabled people comprised of six mentors, identified during a year-long project similar to 25 Days, who have been joined with six like-minded people interested in creating original theatre supported in a professional setting.


Performing Arts at ARC is a group who have come together wishing to develop various skills in the performing arts.


Full Circle is an ensemble of learning disabled actors with a striking visual style, as used in their production of Los Muertos to explore forbidden loss, love and how we say goodbye.


Arctic Piranha Socials and Club Night A club night by and for learning disabled people and their friends – our socials are for planning and fun.