Embrace Create Connect - a national event about arts and learning disability

Posted by pt91 at Jan 31, 2012 01:07 PM |
More than 100 performers, venues and practitioners will come together at Embrace Arts in March to create new opportunities within art and learning disability.

Issued by Embrace Arts on 18 January 2012

Venues and pioneering companies including StopGAP Dance Company, Club Soda, First Movement, Oska Bright, Zinc, Heavy Load and Movers Theatre Company will be performing, leading workshops and developing creative conversations to explore differing ways of working and raise the profile of work by learning disabled artists and companies.

Co-director of Embrace Arts, University of Leicester, Louisa Milburn, explained

“Artists with learning disabilities from across the UK are creating, performing and leading inspirational work in the arts. However, opportunities for artists with learning disabilities should be developed much further.  We have created this opportunity to debate current issues, explore differing ways of working, perform and to raise the profile of work by learning disabled artists and companies”.

Peter Knott, Regional Director Arts Council England (East Midlands) which is supporting the conference, added

“The Arts Council England recognises the role that a dynamic event can have in creating lasting change.  Embrace Create Connect is a national platform that will celebrate the innovative work already taking place and catalyse aspirations for learning disabled artists to receive the recognition they deserve.”

Embrace Create Connect will take place from Thursday 15 - Friday 16 March 2012 at Embrace Arts, Leicester.

To book your place at Embrace Create Connect visit



For further information


Katherine Wilson 07779 527 514


Notes to editors

Embrace Create Connect is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England with assistance from the University of Leicester.

Embrace Arts is The University of Leicester’s Arts Centre – open to all

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