Posted: Monday 16 December, 2013

IDOPWD Celebration

Attending the Access2Arts International Day of People With Disability soiree was a real breath of fresh air – literally. The spectacular rooftop garden venue above the Access2Arts office had beautiful views and a light breeze (and lots of people praying for the rain to hold off!). But, to be perfectly...

Posted: Friday 13 December, 2013

Big Congrats media artist and film maker James Kurtze!

Award winner James Kurtze stands in front of his arts installation.

The bi-annual Oska Bright Film Festival in the UK, features the work of learning disabled artists both from the UK and from international entrants. The festival ran between the 17-19 November, with the award ceremony taking place on the evening of 19 November, at which Jane Mote from Channel 8...

Posted: Tuesday 3 December, 2013

An anthem for disabled people?

Today on International Day of People with Disability, Access2Arts’ want to share Spasticus Autisticus by Ian Dury as an informal anthem for the day. “The term ‘anthem’ denotes a song in which the words affirm a collective identity, usually expressing attachment to a nation, institution, or cause,” says Gaelle Mellis,...

Posted: Wednesday 16 October, 2013

SONS & Mothers – a documentary discussion we all need to have

Promotional image for Sons and Mothers the documentary.

Recently I told colleagues how pleased I was that the first feature film Christopher Houghton made after our documentary SONS & mothers included an actor with down syndrome. She wasn’t playing a disabled person, far from it; she was just an ordinary waitress. I shouldn’t say ordinary, she did share...