We’re thrilled to announce that Shape and Artsadmin have been awarded £1.8m by Arts Council England to continue delivering Unlimited until 2020!

Building on our success over the past 3 years, this third incarnation of Unlimited, the arts commissioning programme we run in partnership with Artsadmin, will take place from 2017 to 2020. Unlimited will continue to produce ambitious and high-quality work by disabled artists, award research and development grants and provide mentoring to disabled artists.

We deliver Unlimited in partnership with arts production agency Artsadmin and with Jo Verrent as our Senior Producer. Jo speaks for us all when she says that we’re “delighted that Arts Council England is continuing its investment in such a pivotal programme. Unlimited - and the many more initiatives and programmes working in similar areas – are playing a vital role in ending discrimination by challenging the barriers in making, creating, platforming and sharing work. We look forward to a time when equality and diversity are commonplace within the cultural sector, knowing that Unlimited will have been so instrumental in its making.”

In Tony Heaton OBE, Shape’s Chief Executive’s own words, “Shape relishes the opportunity this continued funding and partnership with Artsadmin will bring to increase the impact disabled artists have on the creative diversity of our cultural life. This vote of confidence in us demonstrates the richness Unlimited has brought to the cultural offer and recognises that an inclusive and civil society must include the unique creativity of disabled artists within it.”

Over the next four years, Unlimited’s position as a catalyst for change in the cultural sector will be amplified. Our new programme will continue to support talented disabled artists to develop their practice and build new relationships and collaborations with venues and festivals so more audiences get the opportunity to see the work. Comprising 3 separate commissioning rounds, applications for the first round will open this October and artists to be commissioned will be confirmed in March 2017 – watch this space!


Image: Aaron Williamson – “Demonstrating the World”, Unlimited commission 2015-16