Time to Act report: preliminary findings published

Last year, we helped to circulate a major survey produced by On The Move and commissioned by the British Council through Europe Beyond Access

Out now, their striking preliminary “Time to act” report highlights the barriers that disabled people experience when accessing the arts. It also assesses the knowledge (and lack of knowledge) amongst performing arts managers across Europe concerning the inclusion and engagement of disabled artists and audiences.

The ground-breaking preliminary findings of this study spanning 40 countries are presented in the following areas:: 

  • The depth of knowledge around the creative work and practices of professional disabled artists.
  • How to make cultural programmes accessible to disabled artists.
  • How to make cultural programmes accessible to disabled audiences.

The report also provides some solutions to lift the barriers disabled people face when accessing the arts.

Read the report

As we move through 2021, more research and follow-up case studies will be conducted to produce even greater levels of detail in these areas. Alongside there will be a series of events in which speakers in countries across Europe will respond and reflect on the findings.

Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme, Europe Beyond Access supports disabled artists to break the glass ceilings of the contemporary theatre and dance sectors.

The core partners of the project are British Council (operating for this project in the UK and Poland), Onassis Stegi (Greece), Holland Dance Festival (The Netherlands), Kampnagel (Germany), Per.Art (Serbia), Skånes Dansteater (Sweden), and Oriente Occidente (Italy).

Dissemination associates are IETM, ONDA (France), EUCREA (Germany), Acesso Cultura (Portugal), Instytut Teatralny im. Zbigniewa Raszewskiego / Theatre Institut (Poland), and ISPA.