A Bit Of A Do: Devoted & Disgruntled

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TMRW Hub & Byte Cafe

75-77 High Street

Croydon

CR0 1QQ

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How can new and existing networks help support artists and arts organisations working with disability?

An afternoon of talks and discussions about new and existing networks for organisations and artists with disabilities, presented in partnership with the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme. Join us to discover what support networks exist, what’s missing and what needs to be developed. We’ll have introductory talks, including key speaker Fiona Slater (Unlimited / Shape), followed by a D&D open space discussion led by Improbable, and winding down with a beer-tasting session with Ignition Brewery (beer brewed by adults with learning disabilities).

A partnership project with the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme.

Part of A Bit Of A Do festival

Wheelchair accessible and British Sign Language interpreted


SCHEDULE

1.45pm: Registration (tea, coffee, buscuits)

2pm: Opening talks by Unlimited, Croydon Council, Drunken Chorus / DISCO DISCO

2.30-6pm: D&D led by Improbable: Open Space discussion

6-7pm: Talk by Ignition Brewery, with beer tasting and snacks


ABOUT THE EVENT

We are DISCO DISCO - a new theatre company of artists with disabilities, born out of Club Soda in Croydon and led by Drunken Chorus. We are relative newcomers to the disability arts scene. We’re learning all the time, and we want to connect with other organisations working in disability arts, and with artists and companies with disabilities, to work on how we can all connect and support each other: to make friends, connections and future collaborations.

This is an opportunity to:

  • Take stock of what networks already exist, what networks don’t exist but should, and what networks can be developed to help artists and organisations become more robust and resilient
  • Ask how we can work together to create the networks we need and how they function.
  • Think about how new and existing networks can support fundraising in the sector, leading to increased funding success rates and better financial sustainability.
  • Discuss fundraising concerns and opportunities in the current climate and into the future.
  • Debate the benefits (or disadvantages!?) of different types of networks / support structures
  • Start conversations about not just London networks, but national and even international?
  • Explore collaboration between artists with and without disabilities
  • Explore the making of work by artists with disabilities that is not for specialist audiences, but for mainstream public programmes
  • Explore ideas for work that is open and accessible to a wide range of audiences (including deaf, disabled, low waged)
  • Work on other burning issues or hot topics that you might have. What questions aren’t we asking that we should be? What are the issues no one is talking about? What’s the big idea you really need to share?

We’d like to invite anyone who works in the arts and has an interest in or connection to disability to come and join the conversation. Whether you’re an artist with a disability, work with an organisation supporting artists with disabilities, work for a local council, are a carer… or connected to / passionate about disability arts in any other way.

We don’t have all the answers, but we want to be part of a wider movement that can come together to work things out.

We hope you’ll join us!

Chris, Sheena and the DISCO DISCO team x


ABOUT A BIT OF A DO

A FREE mini-festival of performance by artists and companies with and without disabilities.

A two-day extravaganza of artists and companies whose work defies category, confounds expectation and smashes barriers! Including performances by Touretteshero & Captain Hotknives, DISCO DISCO, Greg Wohead, Access All Areas and Levantes Dance Theatre.

All events at the festival are FREE (booking essential) and take place at TMRW in Croydon: The No.1 co-working and office space for Tech in south London.

For full line-up, schedule and free booking details please visit www.drunkenchorus.co.uk

A Bit Of A Do is made possible by generous support from Big Lottery Fund and the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme.


ABOUT ARTS FUNDRAISING & PHILANTHROPY (AFP)

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy’s mission is to strengthen arts and cultural organisations’ resilience and sustainability by transforming their fundraising knowledge, skills and levels of success. The programme is funded by Arts Council England and is led by the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Consortium which includes Cause4, the University of Leeds and the Arts Marketing Association (AMA).www.artsfundraising.org.uk

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