RAISING THE BAR TOGETHER
Raising the Bar Together (2020) was delivered by Gaia in partnership with Chris Mooney-Brown from g39, Cardiff and Mike Layward from DASH, Shropshire. The project was kindly supported by the Arts Council Wales Stabilisation Lottery Fund.
Raising the Bar Together researched access issues faced by disabled artists within the context of their practice, by pairing disabled artists with those who did not consider themselves disabled or have previously not been disabled. The project's aim was to support disabled artists to explore access to arts organisations, opportunities, and funding within and through their practice.
The four Raising the Bar Together artists were:
Gina Biggs: Researcher, performer, theatre maker & director of SheWolf
Hazel Cardew: Freelance artist focusing on mark making and minimalist aesthetics as a form of composition and score writing
Anushiye Yarnell: Freelance artist & choreographer working with dance and movement
Chris Tally Evans: Artist, theatre director, writer and equalities campaigner
In an initial conversation with mentors and artists 32 barriers to access were identified that were being regularly experienced and preventing access for disabled artists to opportunities & funding. The project sought not only to understand these difficulties but how to overcome them, gain confidence in communicating access needs, and the consideration of alternative forms of communication, born from collaboration and practice, to act as a starting point when illustrating access requirements to organisations.
The work produced by the artists during this project can be seen below. The artists would like to note that the work is experimental and in the developmental stage for future collaboration or testing & refining.
Score by Hazel Cardew & Gina Biggs