Audience Blending by ARTS Europe

University of Wolverhampton

Cooperation Projects

England

2017

Total project grant (euros)

195,494

Programme

Creative Europe

Sub-programme

Culture

Call number

EACEA 45/2016

Project date

1 Jul 2017 - 31 Dec 2019

Number of partners in project

9

Lead organisation

Gemeenschapcentrum De Zeyp, Belgium

Partners

Teatar Tsvete, Bulgaria

Centar Za Kulturu Tresnjevka, Croatia

European Association of Service Providers for Persons With Disabilities, Belgium

Esteeton Taide Ja Kulttuuri Ry, Finland

Udruga Kazaliste, Vizualne Umjetnosti I Kultura Gluhih Dlan, Croatia

Associacao Vo'Arte, Portugal

University of Wolverhampton, UK

Europees Netwerk Culturele Centra Ivzw, Belgium

This project works on a Europe-wide problem around lack of inclusion in the arts. It does this through 3 strands of activity:

  • Testing ways of cooperation between cultural centres and service providers to work together to engage a range of audiences (with(out) disabilities) in inclusive art performances.
  • Encouraging deaf and hearing artists to collaborate through piloting (play: Guardians Of Dreams) a new theatre technique - Innovative Bilingual Theatre (IBT) - using integrated sign and spoken language.
  • Trialing ways to adapt IBT for other different needs and media, e.g. learning difficulties.

The project provides capacity building and transnational mobility through workshops in three areas:

  • For cultural and service provider organisations, to learn how to engage audiences with different needs in the arts (theatre as a trial).
  • For artistic directors, to learn how to use IBT as a tool for developing inclusive theatre performances (or adapt it to other media and needs).
  • For artists, to learn how to perform using IBT in collaboration between artists with different needs (e.g. hearing and deaf).

The pilot IBT performance is a play produced by 6 partner countries, and premiered and toured in each. The project concludes with a conference in Brussels, (International Deaf Week, 9/19). This will include results and feedback from the workshops and performances, and will present the guidelines and the recommendations for European policy makers. 

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