What do you mean by disabled?

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.

An impairment is defined as the limitation of a person’s physical, mental or sensory function on a long-term basis. Or more formally, according to The Equality Act 2010 you are disabled if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.

The social model helps us recognise barriers that make life harder for disabled people. Removing these barriers creates equality and offers disabled people more independence, choice and control.

Not everyone uses the social model and that’s OK. How anyone chooses to talk about their impairment is up to them.

Will I be asked about my disability?

Successful applicants will be asked to complete an access questionnaire so we can ensure we meet any access requirements for you during the programme. 

The results of this would be completely confidential and you will not be asked for ‘proof’ of any disability.  Any details you may choose to share with the group during your participation is completely up to you and you would not be asked to take part in, or talk about anything unless you choose to. 

Who else will be taking part in the programme?

We don’t yet know because this is an open call for applications. We are aiming to attract a diverse group.  People’s applications would be considered according to what they think they want to gain from the programme and what their artistic interest are.

When will I be expected to take part in sessions?

The reason we haven’t published dates is so that we can meet the group and schedule session at times that work best for those people taking part. Most of the sessions will be scheduled Mondays to Fridays at times to be agreed with the group. 

Where will the sessions take place?

The first session will take place in Dorchester which is a central location in Dorset with better public transport links.

Once the group is in place we can look at where participants come from and plan future sessions in locations that work best for them. 

As the programme currently are for Dorset based artists, all the sessions will take place in accessible venues within Dorset with good facilities.

Can I have help with transport?

Yes. We can help to pay for transport costs for you.  This may include train or bus fares, taxi fares or costs for someone you know to bring you.

Can I bring anyone with me?

You are welcome to bring a support worker/personal assistant if you want to.  If you feel happier to come with someone just for mutual support on the first session then you can.

How long will sessions be?

A session will be at least 2 hours long. There will be plenty of opportunity for breaks and refreshments.  Sessions will be structured according to the group of participants and some sessions will be longer across a half day.  If you have difficulty with longer sessions we will plan sessions that work best for you.

What sort of art forms are you interested in?

We are interested in a wide range of art forms but at least five participants will be developing ideas and designing for consumable product.  Examples of art forms might include:

  • Drawing and illustration
  • Painting
  • Digital art works
  • Sculpture
  • Textiles
  • Metal work including jewellery
  • Photography
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Spoken Work
  • Literature
  • etc

If your art form is not listed here, please contact us to find out whether they are illegible.

What do you mean by product based?

Product based means something that ends up as a product for people to buy. We want to ensure that some of the artistic work that participants produce can be used in new ways for example, art work used on food packaging, cushions or bags printed with designs.

This is a method can enable artists to sell work to a larger market and a more commercial market.  You will be able to learn more about this during the programme.

Who will be leading the sessions?

Hannah Baker from The Arts Development Company will be working with the group all the way through. Hannah has 18 years of experience working in the arts including running projects for young people. 

We will also be inviting speakers, leaders and entrepreneurs to have conversation with us, lead workshops and/or become your mentors.

More Questions?

You can either pop your questions in the comments section below.


No more questions and would like to apply? Click here to visit the application page.

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