Everyone has the right to freely participate in the cultural life of the community (and) to enjoy the arts

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 27

Shape Arts is a disability-led arts organisation which works to improve access to culture for disabled people by providing opportunities for disabled artists, training cultural institutions to be more open to disabled people, and through running participatory arts and development programmes. We work by developing opportunities for and careers of disabled artists and disabled people who want to work in the arts, as well as training and working with other arts organisations and cultural venues so that they can become accessible and open up fully to disabled people as creatives, workers and audiences. You can read and download our 2016/17 Annual Review here.

Shape is a charity and, like everyone else, is seeing its funding hit hard times. Last year, we supported over 80 disabled artists, produced, organised or curated 33 exhibitions and artistic events, trained over 900 cultural sector workers in Disability Equality, engaged over 50,000 audience members, and reached over 2.2 million people online. We also provided direct support to 198 young disabled people to progress into arts careers. It is through the generosity of our donors that we achieved this, and we need your help in order to keep up the good work!

This Christmas, why not make a donation to Shape in order to support our vital work towards creating a more equal, diverse and inclusive arts and cultural sector? From buying art supplies for a workshop for young disabled people, to paying for Sign Language support at a talk, every single pound helps and really does go a long way.

Please click the button below to donate via debit/credit card or PayPal, or text SACA17 £10 to 70070 to donate £10. We thank you for your generosity; please give what you can and share this with others.

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