The report Time to Act: how lack of knowledge in the cultural sector creates barriers for disabled artists and audiences, commissioned by the British Council and published in November 2021, it is a good depiction of our sector at European level. One of the failures it points out is the lack of preparation of those working as producers with regards to the specific needs of disabled and Deaf artists.
In a recent conversation with artists with disabilities in Portugal (organised by Circostrada – European Network of Contemporary Circus and Outdoor Arts within the scope of LEME – Festival of Contemporary Circus and Artistic Creation in Non-Conventional Spaces, we realised not only that this failure is also verified in Portugal, but also that people who work as Producers in our country do not have references and do not know how to obtain them. This means that some of these professionals learn things on the job, with all the implications this has for disabled and Deafartists.
Seeking to respond to this need, in this seminar we will address the following points (also counting on the interventions of disabled and Deaf artists and producers):
- The results of the Time to Act study
- What does “accessible” mean?
- Ableism and language
- Disabled and Deaf artists in Portugal and in the world
- Concrete aspects of the work: artist riders, contexts and workspaces, rehearsals, shows, transport, hotels, restaurants
Producers and disabled and Deaf artists