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British Council in partnership with the Theatre Institute, the Institute of Music and Dance and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage invite you for the conference: Art & Disability: Crossing the Borders devoted to increasing accessibility and participation of disabled people ? artists and audiences ? in culture and art.

During the two days of the conference we will examine the situation in Poland and in the UK related to these topics: we will look at the barriers, challenges and possible opportunities for change. Among our distinguished guest we will have: Claire Cunningham (choreographer and dancer), Jo Verrent (Senior Producer, Unlimited), Marcus Dickey-Horley (Curator of Public Programmes at Tate Modern) and representatives (among the others) of Culture without Barriers and Theatre 21 from Poland.


CONFERENCE PROGRAMME: Art and Dissability: Crossing borders

at Akademia Sztuk Pięknych, ul. Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 37/39, Warszawa


4 April 2019



Welcome and registration 


What does Arts & Disability mean in Poland and in the UK? ? presentations of Ben Evans (British Council) and Justyna Lipko-Konieczna (Theatre 21), Ewelina Godlewska-Byliniak (Institute for Polish Culture, University of Warsaw)  
Conference will start with two presentations, which will sketch the context of the relationship between art and disability. Ben Evans will describe the situation in the UK and Justyna Lipko-Konieczna and Ewelina Godlewska-Byliniak will present the evolution of the situation on the Polish ground.


Lecture Performance: 4 Legs Good ? Claire Cunningham
World-class artist will present her artistic journey.




What are the barriers?  And how to overcome barriers? ? presentations and discussion | Jo Verrent (Unlimited Festival), Anna Żórawska (Foundation Culture without Barriers)


Why they didn?t come? ? dicsussion pannel
A conversation about overcoming challenges related disabled audiences and their participation in cultural events.




The disabled in art and culture ? short presentations of artists and organisations
Open call for artists, who wish to present their work in short, six minutes presentations in Pecha Kucha.


5 April 2019
venue: Akademia Sztuk Pięknych ul. Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 37/39, Aula


Welcome and registration


The status of Polish artists with sensory and physical impairments ? Rafał Urbacki?s speech


How can we better support work by disabled artists? ? panel discussion 




Accessibility in museums and galleries ? presentations and discussion Marcus Dickey Horley (Tate Gallery), Hanna Wróblewska (National Gallery Zachęta)


How can we create change in our organisations? ? panel discussion






3 April 2019
19.00 | venue: Teatr Studio, PKiN, Pl. Defilad 1
Opera for the Deaf ? performance by the STUDIO Theatre Gallery, the Foundation 4.99 and the Foundation  Automatophone. The performance touches on attempts of finding a common language. The history of the Deaf and people who can hear continued to develop in parallel throughout centuries, and when their paths crossed with each other they often were acts of arrogance and violence.     


4 April 2019
19.00-21.00 | venue: Instytut Teatralny, ul. Jazdów 1
Clauns ? about the family ? Performance of Theatre 21
Clauns ? about family. Episode 3 is a final part of theatrical series produced by Theatre 21. Each of the episodes is an independent element devoted to one value or a dream. Work, love, money? This time we meet the actors at the training flat.
(tickets booking through a password given in the answer to the registration questionnaire)     


5 April 2019
10.15-11.45 | venue: Small Space at Akademia Sztuk Pięknych, ul. Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 37/39, Warszawa
Universal Design for culture institution ? presentations and discussions
In the group of designers, lecturers, representatives of institutions and organizations from the cultural sector, we will try to answer the question of how universal design can support the availability of resources, events and cultural space. How to identify challenges and how can universal design help solve them?   


13.00-14.30 | venue: Small Space at Akademia Sztuk Pięknych, ul. Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 37/39, Warszawa
Dance and disability ? moderated discussion
A meeting of professionals working in the area of dance and performing arts interested in the theme of dance and disability. We will share experiences of working with movement and body; creation of inclusive choreography and current needs of people with disabilities working in the field of dance and theater. Meeting will be organized as a moderated open discussion with invited guests.
Moderator: Justyna Lipko-Konieczna (Teatr 21)                                                      


In order to take part in the conference, please complete the online application by 25 March  2019.


The conference will be translated simultaneously into Polish, English and Polish sign language.


The admission is free and includes participation in panels and catering (coffee breaks + vegetarian lunch). The organizers do not cover the cost of travel or accommodation.


For futher information please don’t hesistate to contact Justyna Czarnota, phone number +48 22 501 70 20 or write an e-mail:


The conference is part of a major European collaboration, Europe Beyond Access, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

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