Shape Arts was founded by Gina Levete MBE in 1976. Since then, the organisation has changed in lots of ways, but our guiding principles and philosophies remain the same. Our heritage is hugely important, not just to us but to the communities we represent and serve through our work. Were it not for disability rights activists and campaigners, our cultural landscape would look very different.
On this page, you can browse content that explores the history of both Shape Arts as an organisation and of the wider Disability Rights and Disability Arts movements from which we emerged.
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Banner image: Liz Crow; 1990 Block Telethon Protest
Shape’s Georgia Macqueen Black, NDACA’s Marketing Officer, tells us just how much the Archive has to offer and achieve.
Gina Levete MBE, founder of Shape, talks about her memories of setting up the organisation in 1976.
An outline of the four decades of change that has defined what we are today ...