Friday 03 December 2021 -
10:30 to 12:30

Time to Act: How lack of knowledge in the cultural sector creates barriers for disabled artists and audiences is a unique new study, authored by On the Move, the Cultural Mobility Network. The report spans 42 countries, and explores into the barriers that disabled people experience when accessing the arts.

The report is ground-breaking – providing the first transnational evidence that lack of knowledge in the mainstream cultural sector is a key barrier preventing disabled artists and arts professionals participating equally in European culture.

Commissioned by the British Council within the context of Europe Beyond Access, the report will be launched on December 3rd, International Day of Persons with Disabilities 

• How many European programmers are actively seeking work by disabled artists

• What are the barriers stopping mainstream cultural institutions becoming more accessible

• Who do Europe's cultural managers think should be providing guidance and support to help them make their programmes more accessible to disabled arts professionals?

These are just some of the questions answered by this important research. 

Online Launch Event

We would like to invite you to join the online launch event on 3 December, 10:30-12:30 CET (Central Europen Time).

Please use this link to register

In this 120-minute online event the research authors will be in conversation with key European cultural stakeholders - exploring key themes and issues covered by the report.  

In addition, a number of Artists, Cultural Managers and Cultural Policymakers will respond to the report.  

Webinar participants will be invited to ask questions of the research team. 

Contributors include:

• Caroline Bowditch: CEO, Arts Access Victoria (AUS)

• Jo Verrent: Senior Producer, Unlimited (UK)

• Barbara Gessler: Head of Creative Europe, European Commission 

• Geoliane Arab: International Advisor, ONDA [Office National de Diffusion Artistique] (FR) 

• Maria Vlachou: Executive Director, Acesso Cultura (PT) 

• Filip Pawlak: Artist and Producer (POL) 

• Sonja Parmentier: Artist, Teacher and Activist (NL) 

Language and Access:

The webinar will take place in English: supported by English Language Captions; British Sign Language, and International Sign. 

Captions will be translated via A.I. into selected European languages - upon request.