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Diversifying Outdoor Arts

Monday 12th October, 2009

photo of an explosive fire dragon as part of a street arts event in Newham

Emergency Exit Arts has been funded by Arts Council England (London office) to provide opportunities for Deaf and disabled artists to consider expanding and exploring their creative practice in the outdoor arts sector.

They are holding an event to support people looking to do this on Tuesday 3rd November at Toynbee Studios, Commercial Street, London E1 6AB. (11am to 3.30pm approximately)

Deaf and disabled artists are invited to attend the event. It will provide artists with the opportunity to find out about work currently being created in the public realm and to assess the potential for developing their own practice within the outdoor arts sector.

Key speakers from a range of outdoor arts organisations, artists and independent producers will talk about their own work and opportunities for artists, followed by opportunities for questions and answers and discussion.

In the afternoon there will be break-out sessions for Deaf and disabled artists to network and talk to independent producers, regularly funded organisations and curators about project ideas, barriers to participation, creative practice and the practicalities of creating outdoor work. If you are interested in attending this event, or getting further details, please contact [email protected] or call 020 8853 4809.

Access: Toynbee Studios is wheelchair accessible. BSL interpreters and access workers will be available. There is limited parking at the venue, which can be arranged in advanced by contacting [email protected] or calling 020 8853 4809.

There are also opportunities for Deaf and disabled artists to have one to one advisory meetings with outdoor arts organisations / producers / curators (as appropriate), across all artforms. These sessions will enable artists to explore and develop a project concept from an initial idea, thinking about the environment, costing, partners / collaborators etc.

Emergency Exit Arts will cover access costs for these one to one sessions, which will be scheduled (depending on artist and producer / organisation availability) between January and March 2010.

If you are interested in signing up for a one to one please contact [email protected] or call 020 8853 4809. Please note that priority for these one to one sessions will be given to London-based artists.

For further information about the Arts Council's commitment to diversifying outdoor arts, please see New Landscapes (


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