Unlimited 2016 and Unfixed

September 2016 saaw the much-anticipated return of Unlimited, a festival that celebrates the artistic vision and originality of disabled artists.

Originally part of the Cultural Olympiad for the London 2012 Olympics, Unlimited has become one of the biggest and best programmes of its kind in the world. The Unlimited commissions programme aims to embed work by disabled artists within the cultural sector, reach new audiences and shift perceptions of disabled people.

Unlimited 2016 incorporated theatre, dance, music, literature, comedy and visual arts that celebrated difference with a spirit of artistic adventure, honesty and humour. It ran from 6-11 September at London’s iconic Southbank Centre and, for the first time ever, the Festival extended to Scotland with Tramway’s Unlimited Festival which ran in Glasgow from 15-25 September.  

As well as providing a programme of extraordinary art by disabled artists, Unlimited aims to give artists an opportunity to develop international partnerships and collaborations. The British Council in Australia invited ten Australian delegates to attend Unlimited for a week of performances, panel discussions, workshops and exhibitions. They were:

  • Michele Saint-Yves – Poet, Playwright
  • John Willanski – Artist
  • Daniel Savage – Artist
  • Indigo Eli – Poet
  • Vicki Sowry – Director, ANAT
  • Gaelle Mellis – Creative Director, Access2Arts
  • Morwenna Collett – Disability Coordinator, Australia Council for the Arts
  • Gaele Sobott – Producer, Outlandish Arts
  • Sofya Gollan – Director, Writer
  • Alison Richardson – founder and co-collaborator, RUCKUS 

Michele Saint-Yves, John Willanski, Daniel Savage and Indigo Eli also took part in artists’ residency, Unfixed.

 

Unfixed

Unfixed is a creative research residency involving ten Australian and UK Deaf and disabled artists selected to investigate arts, disability and technology. It is initiated by the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT), Access2ArtsWatershed and Unlimited.

The first part of the residency (Unfixed 1.0) took place in 2015, when the artists spent two weeks in Adelaide exploring the notions of the ‘disabled’ or ‘ abled’ body through the lens of art and creative technology.

In September 2016, the artists will come back together for a week at Watershed in Bristol, UK, for Unfixed 2.0. During the week, the artists will be exploring the applications of creative technology within their artistic practices. 

Unfixed: In conversation

If you're in London on Wednesday 7 September, head along to the Southbank Centre to hear Jo Verrent, senior producer of Unlimited, talk about the context in which the Unfixed residency was shaped before introducing two of the Unfixed artists. 

Jane Gauntlett produces interactive live experiences that explore ideas of empathy, neurology and accessibility, and Daniel Savage investigates the influence and effect of perception through digital and installation work.

Both artists will discuss how they tackle issues of language and perception through their different artistic practices.

You can also find out what's happening at 'Unfixed: in conversation' on Twitter as our Theatre and Dance team will be live tweeting from @UKTheatreDance at 14:00-15:00 UK time/ 23:00 - 24:00 AEST.

Find out more on the Unlimited Festival website.