Inspiring speakers sought for National Disability Arts Conference

Posted by pt91 at Jan 31, 2012 12:52 PM |
University of Leicester arts centre to host national event to explore the strength and diversity of the arts and learning disability

Issued by Embrace Arts on 29 September 2011

Artists, performers, organisations, venue managers and creative individuals involved with arts and learning disability are being invited to speak at the national Embrace, Create, Connect conference to be held from Thursday 15th – Saturday 17th March 2012 in Leicester.

By connecting performers, participants, producers and promoters through debate, shared learning and inspiration, conference organiser Embrace Arts is aiming to create a vibrant and inclusive environment to explore the strength and diversity of the arts and learning disability. Louisa Milburn, Co-Director at Embrace Arts, University of Leicester, says:

“We are looking for speakers who will be brave enough to present honest and robust case studies on inspirational and interesting topics falling into one of four key categories.

"Firstly, we want to look at the quality and aesthetics of the work that is currently being produced especially exploring the artistic process.

"Secondly, we are interested in how learning disabled artists contribute to the development of the arts.

"Thirdly, we are eager to hear about individual artist or organisational journeys that highlight successes and difficult lessons learned.

"Finally, we want to look at marketing and communications in terms of establishing what is good marketing practice, who the target audiences are and how to ensure work resonates with the widest possible markets”.

Funded by Arts Council England with support from the University of Leicester, Embrace Create Connect will showcase work made by, and with, learning disabled artists.

Interested speakers should submit an expression of interest (no more than 200 words indicating which theme the case study proposal illustrates) to Louisa Milburn, Director, Embrace Arts, Richard Attenborough centre, PO Box 138, Leicester, LE12 5LQ or by 5.00pm 19 October 2011.


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For more information please contact Katherine Wilson 07779 527514 or email

As the University of Leicester's arts centre, Embrace Arts creates connections between the University and wider communities, offering opportunities to everyone to participate without barriers in ways that challenge and inspire.  It is a creative hub for artists, performers, audiences and learners alike.  It pioneers vibrant and creative approaches to the arts in an inclusive and welcoming space and breaks down barriers to access.

Long active in arts and disability, Embrace Arts bases its work on the social model of disability. This means that we do not rely on medical definitions and terminology or focus on a person’s impairments. Instead, our work recognises the barriers faced by people with impairments in the environments in which they live and work.

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