Unlimited announces its next round of commissions, featuring work from some of the UK's most talented disabled artists

Multi-disclipnary artist Claire Cunningham performing solo chereography with crutchesFollowing on from the amazing success of last year’s programme, this week Unlimited announced its next round of commissions at the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff. Narrowed down from an impressive 162 entries by disabled artists across the UK, 2015-16’s selection is the most diverse and adventurous yet, with nine finalists presenting an exciting mix of performance, visual arts, dance, literature and installation.

Jo Verrent, Senior Producer of Unlimited, believes this round of work will be the best yet: “The selection process was extraordinarily difficult with so many high quality, incredible applications - we could have spent four times the amount.”

From Liz Carr’s musical exploration of the issues surrounding assisted suicide, to Kaite O’Reilly’s dark comedy focusing on life and death, the choice of works is well-balanced in both approach and subject matter. The aim of Unlimited is to effectively embed the work of underrepresented disabled artists into the cultural sector, and each commissioned piece will reach new audiences and help change the perception of what it means to be disabled.

Those awarded were carefully chosen by 11 panellists, including prominent disabled artists and key figures from cultural institutions The Southbank Centre, The British Council and Tramway. The group was chaired by Ruth Gould, Artistic Director of DaDa Fest, another organisation dedicated to creating opportunities for disabled individuals in the cultural sector. The project is funded by Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Spirit of 2012 and the Arts Council of Wales, and is delivered by Shape in partnership with fellow charity Arts Admin. Artist Cameron Morgan working on a wall mural

As well as providing the funding for talented individuals to create high-quality work, Unlimited also provides mentoring support and opportunities for artists to showcase their work through venues and partner organisations throughout the country.

Awarded artist Aaron Williamson said: “Unlimited recognises that artists thrive when trusted to be ambitious, and this project would not even have been imagined, let alone made possible, without Unlimited’s integrated approach to artist development.”

Banner image: Aaron Williamson 
Inset image 1: Claire Cunningham 'Give me a reason to live'
Inset Image 2: Cameron Morgan 'Let the games begin'