Unlimited, for Disabled Artists

Unlimited aims to embed work by disabled artists within the UK cultural sector, reach new audiences and shift perceptions of disabled people.

We are looking to support commissions for disabled artists and companies that support disabled-led work across all art forms. We are looking for quality, innovation and ambition across everything we commission. Find out more about our commissions call out.

Commissions Link: http://weareunlimited.org.uk/commissions/


‘Him’, Sheila Hill. Photo by Hugo Glendinning.

Sheila Hill

Theatre | 2015

Him lies somewhere between theatre and visual art. It is a reflection on life, stillness, and the nature of ageing.

An old man sits. The fleeting emotions on his face, filmed and projected large onto a screen beside him.

“I was at the docs today, then the chemist – and realised I’d left my umbrella in one of them. Got them to search everywhere. Then home to find I’d never taken it out… It’s like that these days.

”Spoken words are interwoven with live original music by Sebastiano Dessanay.

Him is being made in collaboration with photographer/videographer Hugo Glendinning, who is creating a series of short films within the work, and also a documentary about the project and its process, to complement the live performance.Lighting design by Andrew Ellis.With thanks to Howard Skempton.

Performer: Tim Barlow
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Painting of a man playing the bagpipes

Cameron Morgan

Visual arts | 2015

TV Classics Part 1 is an exhibition and a series of public artworks that celebrate learning disability culture.Cameron is fascinated by popular culture, in particular a love of 70s and 80s television, films and music – an interest shared by people with learning disabilities the world over. Working with iconic television imagery from the 1930s onwards, Cameron will spend six months in Project Ability’s studio creating ten paintings that honour the past eight decades of television history.

TV Classics Part 1 will be exhibited as part of the Unlimited festivals (at Southbank Centre and Tramway) and in a summer exhibition in Wales with Celf O Gwmpas. To coincide with the exhibitions, the images will be rendered onto billboards and posters throughout the host community.

Producer: Project Ability
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Photo by Manuel Vason

Aaron Williamson

Visual arts | 2015

In Demonstrating the World, Aaron Williamson explores the ‘alien’ or ‘other’ through an absurdly elaborate, live reinterpretation of YouTube ‘How-To’ videos. Drawing from this contemporary archive of ‘folk performance’, Williamson enacts everyday tasks such as opening a cupboard, removing a jacket, or sitting on a chair, with detailed step-by-step instructions. He illustrates the required posture, hand-shapes and describes the shifting of muscular tension – both reinforcing and destabilising their apparent familiarity.

Demonstrating the World is presented on a purpose-built mobile performance platform that houses a radically displaced domestic interior, designed in collaboration with architect Ida Martin. Separated from their expected practical function, this unique series of household objects provides an opportunity to demonstrate the sculptural qualities of ergonomic design.

A durational public intervention for city centres and unusual places, Demonstrating the World questions the intuitive negotiation of even the most habitual and self-evident activity.

Producer: Edd Hobbs
Set designer: Ida Martin
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Assisted Suicide: The Musical

Liz Carr

Theatre | 2015

Assisted Suicide: The Musical is a theatrical extravaganza. This show will provoke audiences by subverting notions of choice, dignity, compassion and quality of life through music, comedy, spectacle and shared humanity.

In 2015, MP’s voted overwhelmingly against legalising assisted suicide. Opinion polls would have you believe that the majority of the UK population believe it’s a humane choice to legalise assisted suicide for terminally ill or disabled people but Liz, and many other disabled people disagree. With a lack of creative work exploring the complexity and opposition to this most topical taboo, Liz, along with director Mark Whitelaw, composer Ian Hill and a cast of actors are using the world of musical theatre to tell this important and often unheard perspective.

Produced by: In Company Collective
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Doorways Project

Bekki Perriman

Visual arts | 2015

The Doorways Project is a touring, site-specific sound installation. It explores homeless culture through the personal stories of society’s most silenced people.

Inspired by her experience of life on the streets, Bekki’s direct and unsentimental approach investigates the personal, social and political dimensions of homelessness. Her work considers public attitudes to disability and the role of art in making the invisible present.

Situated across different locations, the installation is a reflection on the spatial experience of life in a city. Through a series of recorded monologues, audiences are invited to intimately engage with the difficult (and mostly ignored) experience of homelessness, and hear first-hand the challenges it presents. It is a unique opportunity to observe a familiar environment from a different perspective.

An accompanying map will direct people to the different locations and a transcript of the monologues will be provided.

Producer: Shiri Shalmy

Technical consultant: Tom Richards

Sound recordist and editor: Jack James

Graphic designer: Claire Beadle
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Grandad and the Machine

Jack Dean

Literature | 2015

Grandad and the Machine is a poem written and performed by Jack Dean, looking at the rise and fall of the British Empire. This performed poem is re-imagined through the lens of a modern fairy-tale.Set in an alternative present where the British Empire never died, a 100-year-old mechanical monster emerges from the waves, bent on revenge against its makers. As cities are torn up in its wake, the island musters all its might against it, unaware that the key to stopping its destruction lies with a small girl and her father headed northwards to Grandad’s house. Their journey becomes an epic quest across England that leads to the heart of a dark family secret.

Producer: LittleMighty
Director: Polly Agg-Manning
Designer: Sophie Mosberger
Lighting designer: Sam-Hollis Pack
Dramaturgist: Alex Chisholm
Stage manager: Josh Lucas
Supporters: Apple and Snakes and West Yorkshire Playhouse
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Photo by Gareth Phillips / Cosy

Kaite O’Reilly

Theatre | 2015

in association with Wales Millennium Centre

“It’s like I’ve disappeared. I walk down the road and throw no shadow.”

“That’s what getting older does for you.”

Rose wants an exit plan that is bold and invigorating, but her three warring daughters have other ideas. We all have to die, but what makes a good death? Everyone seems to have an opinion; Rose’s daughters, her precocious granddaughter and even the strange woman taking refuge in the garden.

Performed by a cracking all-Welsh cast, ‘Cosy’ is a darkly comic look at three generations of women as they share the joys and humiliations of getting older. Written by award-winning playwright Kaite O’Reilly, this new work – at turns hilarious and heartbreaking – examines issues relevant to us all; youth, ageing, and the last, great taboo.

Written by: Kaite O’Reilly
Directed by: Phillip Zarilli
Designed by: Simon Banham
Lighting Design by: Ace McCarron
Costume Supervisor: Holly McCarthy
Assistant Producer: Tom Wentworth
Cast includes: Sara Beer, Llinos Daniel, Ruth Lloyd, Sharon Morgan, Ri Richards, Bethan Rose-Young
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Maki Yamazaki. Image by Brian Hutchison

Maki Yamazaki

Other | 2015

Pioneer[03] is a work of interactive fiction where the player constructs an identity for themselves to navigate a sci-fi story inspired by a 10th Century Japanese fairytale, in the form of computer game. The audience member is the creator of the story, making choices that shape the outcome including decisions about their gender, identity and personality. To frame its investigation of identity, choice and the nature of self, Pioneer[03] is conceived as an installation in gallery spaces in order to reach new audiences, have participants engage with it as an artistic experience and to encourage focused immersion in that experience.

Pioneer[03] will use original visual art, animation, music and writing to create a experience that is accessible, fascinating and ultimately thought-provoking.It will invite audiences to play as a protagonist who is not white, male or abstracted – as is the case with many mainstream games.

LGBTQA+ identity choices are available and the inhabited character is disabled. The unfolding of the narrative does not centre on completion of fantastical tasks of superhuman ability, but instead on a delicate exploration of fragility and agency.

Artist, Musician & Games Developer, Maki Yamazaki probably spends too much time locked away in her studio, Silvana Laboratory. Geek, oddball and all-round creative person with a penchant for peppermint tea, sci-fi, strong narratives and writing biographies in third person.

Recommended for ages 12+, may contain strong language.
Supported by Unlimited, with funding from Creative Scotland
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Noëmi Lakmaier

Visual Arts | 2015

Cherophobia is a durational 48-hour live installation. It is an attempt to lift the artist’s tied and immobilised body off the ground using the force of 20,000 helium-filled multi-coloured balloons.

Cherophobia is a performance and a gathering, a one-off event that intertwines people in their shared suspense and anticipation. It takes its title from a psychiatric condition, defined as ‘an exaggerated or irrational fear of gaiety or happiness’.

Audiences are welcomed to join for the duration as balloons are inflated one at a time by a team of assistants. The performance will be broadcast live from a site in London to the Southbank Centre and other venues across the UK.

Producer: Shiri Shalmy.
Supporters: Michael Wüst, world-renowned rope suspension expert, and Live Art Development Agency.
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11 Million Reasons, Singing in the Rain. Photo by Sean Goldthorpe for People Dancing Commission.

Sean Goldthorpe (Commissioned by People Dancing)

Visual Arts | 2015

Supported through Unlimited Impact, funded by Spirit of 2012.

Inspired by iconic dance movements in film, from ‘Singing in the Rain’ to ‘Dirty Dancing’, each image has been re-imagined with a cast of professional and non-professional Deaf and disabled dancers.

20 photographs for gallery, foyer and unusual spaces. Accompanying film programme available.
Available for touring now.

People Dancing website
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Photography by Sven Hagolani.

Claire Cunningham

Dance | 2015

How do we look at each other?

How do we allow ourselves to be seen? How do our bodies shape the ways we perceive the world around us? Can we change how we see others?

The Way You Look (at me) Tonight is a social sculpture—a sensory journey, for two performers and audience. Dancing, singing, telling stories and asking questions, leading UK disabled artist Claire Cunningham and international choreographer and performer Jess Curtis, combine performance, original music, and video to wrestle (sometimes literally) with important questions about our habits and practices of perceiving each other and the world.

In collaboration with noted author and philosopher of perception Dr. Alva Noë, video artist Yoann Trellu, composer Matthias Herrmann, and dramaturge Luke Pell, they perform an evening-length duet that excavates their own ways of seeing each other—as a man and a woman of different ages, bodies and backgrounds. In 2005 Curtis was the choreographer who first introduced Cunningham to movement, leading to her career as a choreographer in her own right. Now a decade later they return to work together to co-create The Way You Look (at me) Tonight.

Choreographers: Claire Cunningham and Jess Curtis
Artistic collaborator and consultant: Dr. Alva Noë
Dramaturgical support: Luke Pell
Composer: Matthias Herrmann
Video artist: Yoann Trellu
Executive producer: Nadja Dias
Co-producers: Alec White and Julia Danila for Jess Curtis/Gravity
Co-commissioner: Tramway, Glasgow

The Way You Look (at me) Tonight is made possible with the support from: Tramway Glasgow, The Place London, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, British Council, New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, The San Francisco Arts Commission, The Zellerbach Family Foundation, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, Fonds Darstellende Kunst and the Berlin Senat Kofinanzierung Fonds.

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