If you are a young disabled artist or creative between the age of 18 and 30 years old, who is looking for support to develop a career in the arts or to develop a saleable product, this programme is for you.

Supported by The Arts Development Company, you will join a diverse group of people. The supportive group will be a hub where you can focus on developing your creative career at your own pace.

We will be providing you and the group with FREE access to networks, opportunities, business skills and creative development support through a series of workshop sessions. On top of that, there will be some opportunities to show and/or sell your work.

The sessions will include:

  • the steps to taking a product to market.
  • creating a plan to take your ideas forwards
  • making and creating new work or building on existing work
  • exploring and developing marketing
  • meeting professionals from industry
  • peer-to-peer support through being part of a group
  • showcasing your work and selling it

Why is this for disabled young people?

We believe in the social model of disability that says that disability is caused by the way society is organised and designed, rather than by a person’s impairment or difference.

By supporting disabled emerging artists and creatives we hope to encourage the sector to be far more inclusive. We would like to work with you, to identify these barriers and find ways to influence a sector where disabled artists and creatives are active parts of developing a thriving and inclusive economy.

What kind of artistic and creative development?

We are looking for ten people.

Five people who are interested in the design of marketable consumer products. This could be fashion, product or packaging design, craft for interior design or wearables, etc

Five people who are interested in the arts such as fine arts and performing arts, spoken words, literature, etc.

More information on what these look like visit our FAQ page.

What do I need to do?

You will need to commit to attending a session once a month in Dorset between July 2019 and March 2020, plus work on some development according to your own plan in between sessions.

Apply by completing the Survey Monkey below

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or, download, fill in this Word document and return it to this email

If you would like a printed application form or different accessible format please let us know via email or by calling us on the phone number below. 

For more information:

  • Please check out our FAQ page, or
  • Contact us on any of our social media accounts – Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, or
  • Call Hannah Baker on 01305 224525

The programme is funded by Arts Council England and the European Regional Development Fund. Parts of this programme are linked to and funded by the British Council’s Programme of Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies (DICE) – Gerakan Kreabilitas.

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