British Council in partnership with the Theatre Institute, the Institute of Music and Dance and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage invite you for the conference: Art & Disability: Crossing the Borders devoted to increasing accessibility and participation of disabled people – artists and audiences – in culture and art.
During the two days of the conference we will examine the situation in Poland and in the UK related to these topics: we will look at the barriers, challenges and possible opportunities for change. Among our distinguished guest we will have: Claire Cunningham (choreographer and dancer), Jo Verrent (Senior Producer, Unlimited), Marcus Dickey-Horley (Curator of Public Programmes at Tate Modern) and representatives (among the others) of Culture without Barriers and Theatre 21 from Poland.
The full programme here and below.
CONFERENCE PROGRAMME: Art and Dissability: Crossing borders
at Akademia Sztuk Pięknych, ul. Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 37/39, Aula
4 April 2019
Welcome and registration
What does Arts & Disability mean in Poland and in the UK? – presentations of Ben Evans (British Council) and Justyna Lipko-Konieczna (Theatre 21), Ewelina Godlewska-Byliniak (Institute for Polish Culture, University of Warsaw)
Conference will start with two presentations, which will sketch the context of the relationship between art and disability. Ben Evans will describe the situation in the UK and Justyna Lipko-Konieczna and Ewelina Godlewska-Byliniak will present the evolution of the situation on the Polish ground.
ACCOMPANYING PROGRAMME: 10.30-12.00 | venue: hall 1.01, Akademia Sztuk Pięknych, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 37/39
Universal Design for culture institution – presentations and discussions
In the group of designers, lecturers, representatives of institutions and organizations from the cultural sector, we will try to answer the question of how universal design can support the availability of resources, events and cultural space. How to identify challenges and how can universal design help solve them?
Moderator: Ewa Gołębiewska (Cieszyn Castle)
Lecture Performance: 4 Legs Good – Claire Cunningham
This lecture performance by multi-disciplinary artist explores her artistic practice – specifically the use / misuse, study and distortion of crutches as artistic practice and how they shape her practice.
What are the barriers? And how to overcome barriers? – presentations and discussion | Jo Verrent (Unlimited Festival), Robert Więckowski (Foundation Culture without Barriers)
Why they didn’t come? – dicsussion pannel
A conversation about overcoming challenges related disabled audiences and their participation in cultural events.
Panelists: Marcus Dickey Horley (Tate Modern), Monika Dubiel (Foundation Culture without Barriers), Jo Verrent (Unlimited), Tomasz Włodarski (Małopolski Instytut Kultury)
Moderator: Agata Etmanowicz – Foundation Impact &Poland Without Barriers Foundation: how to join forces to make music festival accessible TO ALL – case study
Disabled people in art and culture – short presentations of artists and organisations
Open call for artists, who wish to present their work in short, six minutes presentations in Pecha Kucha.
5 April 2019
venue: Akademia Sztuk Pięknych ul. Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 37/39, Aula
Welcome and registration
The status of Polish artists with sensory and physical impairments – Rafał Urbacki’s speech
Couple o f words about Polish market for performance artists with disabilities. Education, employment, their status in carried out projects.
How can we better support work by disabled artists? – panel discussion
What's more imporatant these days: to create large, system-wide support solutions or is it better to focus on common education and create the catalogue of good practices at the beginnig?
Panelists: Nadja Dias (independent dance producer), Joanna Pawlik (independent visual artist), Jo Verrent (Unlimited)
Moderator: Filip Pawlak
ACCOMPANYING PROGRAMME: 13.00-14.30 | venue: hall 1.01, Akademia Sztuk Pięknych, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 37/39
Dance and disability – moderated discussion
A meeting of professionals working in the area of dance and performing arts interested in the theme of dance and disability. We will share experiences of working with movement and body; creation of inclusive choreography and current needs of people with disabilities working in the field of dance and theater. Meeting will be organized as a moderated open discussion with invited guests.
Moderator: Sylwia Hefczyńska-Lewandowska (Department of Dance Theatre in Bytom)
Accessibility in museums and galleries – presentations and discussion Marcus Dickey Horley (Tate Gallery), Hanna Wróblewska (Zachęta – National Gallery of Art)
How can we create change in our organisations? – panel discussion
The conversation will try to answer the following question: How disabled people – audience, artists, managers of culture – are changing and influencing institutions and cultural organisations?
Panelists: Marcus Dickey Horley (Tate Modern), Anna Hryniewiecka (The Castle Cultural Centre in Poznan), Alicja Knast (Silesian Museum in Katowice), Hanna Wróblewska (Zachęta – National Gallery of Art)
3 April 2019
19.00 | venue: Teatr Studio, PKiN, Pl. Defilad 1
Opera for the Deaf – performance by the STUDIO Theatre Gallery, the Foundation 4.99 and the Foundation Automatophone. The performance touches on attempts of finding a common language. The history of the Deaf and people who can hear continued to develop in parallel throughout centuries, and when their paths crossed with each other they often were acts of arrogance and violence.
4 April 2019
19.00-21.00 | venue: Instytut Teatralny, ul. Jazdów 1
Clauns – about the family – Performance of Theatre 21
Clauns – about family. Episode 3 is a final part of theatrical series produced by Theatre 21. Each of the episodes is an independent element devoted to one value or a dream. Work, love, money… This time we meet the actors at the training flat.
(tickets booking through a password given in the answer to the registration questionnaire)
In order to take part in the conference, please complete the online application by 25 March 2019.
The conference will be translated simultaneously into Polish, English and Polish sign language.
The admission is free and includes participation in panels and catering (coffee breaks + vegetarian lunch). The organizers do not cover the cost of travel or accommodation.
For futher information please don't hesistate to contact Justyna Czarnota, phone number +48 22 501 70 20 or write an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Claire Cunningham – a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance based in Glasgow, Scotland. She is current Factory Artist with Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf, Germany and Work Place Artist with The Place, London. One of the UK’s most acclaimed and internationally renowned disabled artists, Cunningham’s work is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches and the exploration of the potential of her own specific physicality with a conscious rejection of traditional dance techniques (developed for non-disabled bodies). This runs alongside a deep interest in the lived experience of disability and its implications not only as a choreographer but also in terms of societal notions of knowledge, value, connection and interdependence. A self-identifying disabled artist, Cunningham’s work combines multiple art forms and ranges from the intimate solo show ME (Mobile/Evolution) (2009), to the large ensemble work 12 made for Candoco Dance Company. In 2014 she created Give Me a Reason to Live, inspired by the work of Dutch medieval painter Hieronymus Bosch and the role of beggars/cripples in his work, and the full length show Guide Gods, looking at the perspectives of the major Faith traditions towards the issue of disability. Awarded one of the Unlimited Commissions in 2016 she created with choreographer Jess Curtis a duet The Way You Look (at me) Tonight which has since toured world-wide and been selected in 2018 for Tanzplattform Germany and nominated for a Bessie Award.
Nadja Dias – an independent senior producer and consultant with over 10 years' experience working internationally for organisations and artists including Candoco Dance Company, Sadler’s Wells, Nigel Charnock, Gecko and Liverpool Biennial. Nadja is currently working with Scottish multi-disciplinary artist Claire Cunningham and is supporting Joan Cleville Dance. She is interested in working with and supporting artists in the development of sustainable producing models and long term partnerships, including securing of funding, co-commissions and producing of projects, tours and company management. As Producer for Candoco Dance Company and as part of their senior management team she was responsible for the development and producing of the company’s live programmes, encompassing national and international touring, performances in traditional and non-traditional settings, artist development and learning projects. Nadja has studied Theatre and Culture Studies at the University of Leipzig and holds a B.A. (1st class hons.) in Performing Arts & Entertainment Management from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.
Marcus Dickey Horley – was part of the original management team which set up the front of house procedures and practices at Tate Modern when it opened in May 2000. Since then Tate Modern has gone on to become Britain’s busiest gallery, with 5.9 million visitors last year alone. Since 2009 Marcus has worked with the Learning team as Curator of Public Programmes delivering events across both Tate Modern and Tate Britain specifically for disabled visitors whilst working with the wider Public Programmes team to make mainstream events accessible to people with access requirements. Focussing on the access and the cultural expectations of both Deaf visitors and Blind and Partially Sighted visitors, Marcus has worked with Deaf and Disabled artists to reassess who gets to talk about art in a major cultural institution such as Tate. Marcus delivers around fifty events per year across the two Tate London sites and also offers training and support to colleagues at Tate’s other two branches and to other major museums, galleries and visitor attractions across Britain and overseas.
Agata Etmanowicz – for more than 10 years together with Impact Foundation she helps culture organizations in placing audiences in the heart of everything they do (by spreading the joy of working according to audience development philosophy). With Art Factory in Łódź she co-creates ART_INKUBATOR to support the growth of young creative entrepreneurs (both locally and internationally). With Poland Without Barriers Foundation she promotes accessibility in all aspects of life – from architecture, design to production of culture events. She’s also a great fan of wheelchair rugby, volunteering with Warsaw Wheelchair Rugby Team and supporting professional approach to adaptive sport.
Alicja Knast – director of Muzeum Śląskie in Katowice from July 2014. Musicologist, since 1995 she has been working with museum sector. She began her professional career at National Museum in Poznan and then among others she was a chief curator in the Fryderyk Chopin Museum (2009–2012) and CEO of the Core Exhibition in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews (2012–2014). In the years 2014–2016, she was also director of the Muzeum Górnośląskie in Bytom. A lecturer at the London Metropolitan University (2005–2006) and a research worker at the University of Plymouth (2005–2008). A scholarship holder from, among others, Museumvereniging in Amsterdam and Metropolitan Museum in New York. A member of international associations of museologists, including International Council of Museums, as well as museum councils in Castle Museum in Pszczyna, the Ossoliński National Institute in Wrocław and advisory board of the “Rondo Sztuki” Gallery at Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. Author of publications from the area of instrumentology, music psychology and implicite learning strategy and museology. Since 2015 she is serving as a member of “Rada do Spraw Muzeów i Miejsc Pamięci Narodowej” of Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Awarded a First Class Order “Royal Order of the Polar Star” (2011) by the king Gustav of Sweden and the Order of Merit in the Service of Polish Culture (2015), winner of the Red Dot Award (together with Ico Migliore and Mara Servetto) awarded in 2011.
Jo Verrent – believes that ‘different’ is delicious not divergent. She works in arts & culture at strategic levels embedding the belief that diversity adds texture, turning policy into real action. Jo is the senior producer for Unlimited (http://www.weareunlimited.org.uk), the world’s largest commissions programme for disabled artists. Unlimited is a programme delivered by Shape and Artsadmin, working with partners ACE, Arts Council Wales, Southbank Centre, Tramway, Spirit of 2012 and British Council. She created a video installation – “Take Me to Bed” (http://www.takemetobed.org.uk/) – with Luke Pell, which won Best Work in Festival in Limerick Light Moves and tours internationally. Working with Sarah Pickthall, she created SYNC – examining the interplay between disability and leadership which has run in UK, Australia and Korea. Jo has won both Cosmopolitan’s woman of achievement award and her village’s cup for making jam. She is on the Northern Advisory Panel for ACE and regularly advises on access. Jo is a Clore Fellow.
Hanna Wróblewska – art historian, curator. Since 2010 director of the Zachęta – National Gallery of Art in Warsaw and commissioner of the Polish Pavilion in Venice.
The conference is part of a major European collaboration, Europe Beyond Access, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.