Claire Cunningham performing in ‘Guide Gods’
Claire Cunningham performing in ‘Guide Gods’ at the Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Festival 2014 ©

Rachel Cherry for Unlimited

With over 10 years’ experience, The British Council in Spain is committed to promoting the work of disabled artists, collaborating with local organisations and artists from the UK and Spain. Our aim is to support longer term relationships between UK and Spanish organisations focusing on mutuality as well as increasing the presence of disabled artists in mainstream festivals. We also plan to explore the work of more disabled artists across different art forms. 

Artists such as Claire Cunningham, Mark Brew, Candoco and Stop Gap have come to Spain to perform and give workshops. We have also supported local integrated dance groups by bringing over UK choreographers to work with local choreographers. 

We have also tackled the issues of disability, education and social inclusion in the arts by bringing together UK experts to participate in the annual Jornadas, organised in collaboration with Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, amongst other partners.

In order to continue and expand on this work the British Council has launched a website aimed at promoting disabled artists across the globe, in partnership with VoÁrte (Portugal), the Onassis Cultural Centre (Greece) and the Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance (Croatia). The programme is inspired by Unlimited 2012, a programme developed alongside the Paralympics in London 2012.

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