National Disability Arts Collection & Archive

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13 April 2013

NDACA - Aims and Objectives

Following on from the Heritage Lottery fund’s monumental announcement on 25 June 2015, that they are funding the National Disability Arts Collection And Archive (NDACA), Shape Arts is proud to be delivering this landmark archive and collection, which will gather and tell the unique story of the Disability Arts Movement: a movement which helped change the way disabled people are seen in the UK and beyond.

NDACA – the National Disability Arts Collection And Archive - will preserve the rich heritage and story of the unique UK-based Disability Arts Movement; this was a phenomenal cultural movement when disabled people and their allies broke barriers, helped create changes in the law, and made great art and culture about those fights.

With a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £853,600, plus additional support from Arts Council England and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Shape Arts will create a digital archive documenting the history of the Disability Arts Movement since its inception in the 1970s. The archive will, for the first time, preserve and catalogue over 1000 pieces of artwork, print and film  created by disabled people and their allies to express and reflect their experiences of a disabling world.

An interactive website and catalogue will also be created along with a learning programme and pop-up exhibitions to help people explore the unique history of this movement and its demands for greater equality, expressed in art, painting, song and dance, and much more. 

NDACA PROJECT: Purposes / Outcomes

  1. Gather, digitize, preserve and conserve the 1000+ partner and artists’ pledged deposits of NDACA, and catalogue them, working with partners, artists and volunteers.
  2. Create the delivery phase NDACA Website, with a large set of digital tools with partner, artist and volunteer input.
  3. Create the NDACA Wing for learning at Bucks New University.
  4. Create the NDACA Repository at Zinc Arts.
  5. Install local digital assets drives in bespoke cabinets, in all partner sites who want them, installed with training where requested.
  6. Create a series of launches in 2017 at partner sites.
  7. Create a series of digital and object learning tools, including working with Disability History Month and partners, going live in 2017.
  8. Work with and mentor 215+ disabled volunteers to deposit, collect, preserve and catalogue artifacts to span the entire history of the Disability Arts Movement.
  9. Of the 215 total volunteers, engage up to 60 disabled volunteers to help capture the oral histories of 50-100 protagonists in the Disability Arts Movement.
  10. Engage and mentor up to 50 disabled volunteers to collect, build and promote our digital assets, including our website (and other digital tools) to engage with communities all over the UK.
  11. Deliver up to 100 exhibitions and events in 9 regions of the UK to engage the public about the Disability Arts Movement.
  12. Recruit project staff.
  13. Exit strategy.

Shape and NDACA CIC originally formed a partnership In February 2012 to apply for a major funding grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

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Jaime Ardizón

2 February 2015

Hello, Im a senior grade student of Arts at the Central University of Venezuela. The topic of my thesis is to device a format of accesible art expositions. I have a link demostrating an exposition organized by me, with implements such as ( curatorial text and legends of paintings in braille, textured miniture replicas of the paintings, subtitles for videos, neonlight for different perception of paintings ,etc.)

My questions relies on the matter if you handle information on accesible art expositions, and if so, how to obtain such information for my investigation. will be very grateful to count on your expertise and orientation on this topic. Since, I have been the only one to acheive an exposition of this nature in Venezuela.

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