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. Shape's main programme is the Shape Open, the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary, the Shape Collection and our artist network. Shape also runs NDACA - the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive - and co-delivers arts-commissioning programme Unlimited with Artsadmin. In addition to this, we provide access auditing and training services to arts organisations. All of Shape's work is informed by the Social Model of Disability.
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Our founding principle and philosophy is that all disabled people should have the opportunity to participate fully in arts and culture.
Vision – what we are working towards
An inspiring and inclusive arts sector, accessible to all
Mission – how we will make it happen
We will promote great art and inclusive practices, knowledge and learning, to ensure that disabled people have active and influential roles in arts and culture - as leaders, artists, participants and audiences, and as part of a skilled workforce.
Values – the foundation of our beliefs and guiding purpose
These values inform and drive our key strategic aims, detailed in their own section below. Our values are enshrined in all we plan, think and do.
Strategic aims and four year plan
Over the next four years, Shape Arts will build on our existing legacy by focussing on four strategic aims: We will:
Creative Case for Diversity
As a disability-led organisation, we support Arts Council England's Creative Case for Diversity across our artistic programme. We do this by working with artists from every background and social group, and where possible encouraging collaboration between different disciplines and individuals. We also support our sector through provision of access training and auditing, by which means venues of every size and orientation can improve their ways of working with disabled artists, and improve the quality and accessibility of their offer to all disabled people, including their audiences. For more information about our training, please go to this link: www.shapearts.org.uk/services
As part of an overall sustainability strategy, we work pro-actively in support of initiatives, whether creative, economic or practical, which have as their goal the sustainability of the environment. To find out more about our Environmental Policy, please go this to this link
Want to work with us? Have ideas to help us develop our programmes? Get in touch with the team via [email protected]
List of Shape press releases