Breaking Barriers

Shape provides opportunities and support for disabled artists and cultural organisations to build a more inclusive and representative cultural sector.

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Shape Open 2019: Artists Announced

The artists chosen to exhibit at the 2019 Shape Open are announced. They will participate in the Shape Open exhibition at Bow Arts in September.


Author: Niamh Hall

Apply for the 2019 TLC Free Reads Scheme

Apply for the 2019 TLC Free Reads Scheme, open to disabled writers on a low income, across all forms and genres - gain written feedback from a professional reader.


Author: Niamh Hall

Apply for the Unlimited Traineeship 2019

Apply for the Unlimited Traineeship 2019, gain some hands-on experience of delivering a major artist commissioning programme.


Author: Niamh Hall

Breaking the barriers to creative excellence

Find out about Shape's philosophy, guiding aims and principles


Author: Jeff Rowlings

Resources ...

  • An Accessible Arts Marketing Guide

    How to ensure accessibility is met at every stage of your marketing Read more

  • How to Put On an Accessible Exhibition

    A short guide for curators, programmers and exhibition organisers on ensuring that the exhibition you’re putting on is accessible and inclusive of disabled people Read more

  • Mental Health Tips for Arts Workers

    The Shape team offer their best tips for caring for your mental health when you work in the arts Read more

  • Social Model of Disability

    What do we actually mean by 'disabled'? Why do we say 'disability' and 'disabled' instead of 'diffability', 'differently-abled', 'special' or 'different'? What are disabling barriers? Read more