Caroline Bowditch in the Adventures of Snigel ©

Ruth Armstrong

Date
Friday 16 March 2018 -
14:00 to 15:30

Unlimited began as a concept to lead into London 2012 and to do for disabled artists what the Paralympics had done for disabled athletes – raise the bar. It continued as both a commissions programme delivered by Shape and Artsadmin, working with funders ACE, Arts Council Wales, Spirit of 2012 and British Council and festivals at both Southbank Centre, London and Tramway, Glasgow.

In this talk, Jo will explore the current commissions programme which supports ambitious, creative projects by outstanding disabled artists and companies across all art forms - theatre, dance, music, literature, performance, painting, sculpture, public artworks, photography, digital artworks, installations, films and more, and also the festival model. She will highlight both why Unlimited exists and the changes it aims to be part of which include embedding the work of disabled artists in the mainstream cultural sector, improve access for artists and audiences and ultimately changing perceptions of disabled people. Jo will also look at how this is being done, principally through commissioning disabled artists in the UK and internationally to make new, groundbreaking and high quality work.

Learning from London 2012 Unlimited commissions programme and Festival

Date and time: 14.00–15.30 Friday 16 March
• Venue: Aston Hall, The British Embassy in Korea
• Programme (Consecutive interpretation and text interpretation provided)
   14.00–14.40 Jo Verrent Talk 
   14.40–15.10 Panel Discussion
   15.10–15.30 Q&A
Registration: Online registration 
*Please note that registration form is in Korean only. If you need English service, please contact at:
  +82 (0)2-6966-0304 | Eunjeong.Jung@britishcouncil.or.kr

Speaker: Jo Verrent, Senior Producer, Unlimited

Jo Verrent believes that ‘different’ is delicious not divergent. She works in arts & culture at strategic levels embedding the belief that diversity adds texture, turning policy into real action. Jo has won both Cosmopolitan’s woman of achievement award and her village’s cup for making jam. She is on the Northern Advisory Panel for Arts Council England and the Global Disability Innovation Hub and is a Clore Fellow. She is currently Senior Producer for Unlimited.

Unlimited is a programme delivered by Shape and Artsadmin, working with partners ACE, Arts Council Wales, Southbank Centre, Tramway, Spirit of 2012 and British Council. Unlimited supports ambitious, creative projects by outstanding disabled artists and companies. The projects include theatre, dance, music, literature, performance, painting, sculpture, public artworks, photography, digital artworks, installations, films and more. Unlimited wants to change perceptions of disabled people by commissioning disabled artists in the UK and internationally to make new, groundbreaking and high quality work. It aims to embed the work of disabled artists in the mainstream cultural sector and improve access for artists and audiences.

Moderator: Kiwon Hong, Head Professor, Culture & Art Administration at Graduate School of Public Policy and Industry, Sookmyung Women's University

Kiwon Hong is a researcher who is exploring the possibility of interdisciplinary research in cultural policy studies. She majored in aesthetics and earned a Ph. D in public administration. With her experience working as an executive researcher at the Korea Culture & Tourism Institute, she has been striving to solve the reality gap issues in policy research. The major focus of her research has been historical and constitutional analysis on the cultural policy, cultural diversity and policy, cultural politics and international cultural exchange, and policy evaluation in Korea. She is currently head professor of Culture & Art Administration at Graduate School of Public Policy and Industry at Sookmyung Women's University.  

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UK/Korea 2017-18