Disability and Special Needs Arts
Disability arts is probably one of the most underrated activities undertaken by people with disabilities. There are many high class disability performing arts and theatre groups that regularly perform nationally and internationally as well as numerous very talented visual and performing disability arts groups and of course not forgetting wheelchair dancing and disability music related organisations made up of people with all degrees of learning disabilities and difficulties.
ABLEize highlights a broad spectrum of disability arts sites including accessible crafts and hobbies as well as photography, painting, drawing and a mixture of both physical and learning disabled arts groups and activities. Search the categories and websites listed directly below, these include individual disability arts related sites, information as well as products and services for disabled people interested in all forms of art. You may also find accessible arts groups located near you by checking our disabled groups and clubs section that covers all UK counties, check it out to see what’s going on in your area.
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Blue Apple is a Winchester based theatre company that supports performers with learning disabilities to learn performance arts and develop theatre, dance and film productions; having produced many original theatre productions since 2005. Find details of remote online classes as well as future planned productions, activities and events along with how to get involved via their website or by calling 01962 827352.
A disability-led organisation, set up to advance disability arts across the performing, literary and visual arts, through the pages of an online journal.
Dramatize, established in 2011 offers theatrical workshops and theatre based activities for adults with learning disabilities. Check out their site or social pages for details of events, show dates, open mic nights and academy based training in dance, acting, stage make-up and more. Discover exciting arts based education and social activities that can lead to an Arts Award qualification equivalent to a GCSE or A-Level. Has locations in Ashford, Twickenham and Shepperton, Surrey.
The UK’s longest established online college of art and design specialising in teaching art, design and media courses ideal for studying at home and offering dedicated support to the disabled and those with learning difficulties. Check out the photography, interior design, fashion courses online.
Encouraging disabled people to take part in disability art and create artwork from their imagination, to develop their own style, and to work at their own pace.
Set up to offer artists and writers training and assistance with publishing and promoting their work. Includes details of the Creative Future Literary Awards and how to submit your work.
A Liverpool based disability arts organisation holding arts festivals to promote disability and deaf arts. View news, video clips and details of the disability arts events.
Disability Arts in Surrey was set up to promote disabled artists and a range of disability and deaf arts organisations in Surrey. Site offers details of their projects and arts workshops and how to get involved.
A disability arts user led organisation promoting and supporting disabled artists throughout Shropshire. View future projects and how to get involved.
Supporting and promoting disabled and deaf artists in Wales. View training details, what’s on guides and information and advice for all disabled artists working in all fields of the arts.
Set up to promote disability arts and those involved to a World-wide audience. Site includes individuals and groups including theatre companies, a busy disability arts blog and much more.
Highlights a 15ft London statue of a naked, pregnant woman with no arms by Artist Marc Quinn to show how disabled people were under-represented in art.
Works across the Yorkshire region visiting schools and special needs establishments to bring art into the lives of children and teens.
Leeds-based registered arts charity providing a range of disability and special needs art activities including dance, painting, drawing and crafts. View training details, session dates and contacts.
Works to improve access to art and the arts for disabled people. Details of their training, disability art exhibitions and current projects offered in London.
Produces publications on arts and disability plus offers a directory of disability arts organisations. Available in large print, Braille and cassette.