Gaia Redgrave

- Freelance Artist -

Project Lead - Neurodiversity in Arts Mentor & Advisor

Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar is a series of experiential projects supporting disabled artists to explore access to arts organisations, opportunities, and funding within and through their practice.

The first project (Raising the Bar Together) was delivered online in 2020 for four Wales based artists and was funded by an Arts Council Wales Stabilisation Lottery Fund.

If you are an organisation that wishes to partner in the delivery a Raising the Bar project for your artists, please contact Gaia here.

Raising the Bar Together 2020

Raising the Bar Together was kindly funded by an Arts Council Wales Stabilisation Lottery fund and delivered in 2020.

It 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.

Gaia, along with partners Chris Mooney-Brown from g39, Cardiff and Mike Layward from DASH, Shropsire, selected four artists to take part. Chris & Mike also acted as artist mentors throughout the project.

The four Raising the Bar Together selected 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.

Film Courtesy of Chris Tally Evans

Film Courtesy of Hazel Cardew & Gina Biggs

Film Courtesy of Chris Tally Evans (Welsh Captions)