What should disability-led arts look like in 2020

Tuesday 29 May 2018

What is Unlimited: The Symposium?

The Symposium is a disabled-led, two-day discussion event aimed at both a national and international audience across the cultural sector. You can attend the event in person or engage in the discussion and debate online.

The Symposium takes places in the lead up to Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Festival - Wednesday 5 until Sunday 9 September 2018.

Why are we doing it?

Unlimited has three aims – to commission high quality art by extraordinary disabled artists, to embed disabled artists in the cultural sector and ultimately to transform the perception of disability.

We can’t do this alone. Artists, organisations, producers, programmers, curators, critics, funders and others across all art forms need to be a part of the conversation around disability arts and to discuss the issues, solutions and possibilities with disabled people themselves.

What will we discuss at the Symposium?

The topics we will discuss have been chosen by our audiences. Each topic in the Symposium’s four main sessions – Art, Equality, Attitude and Future – was voted for on Twitter:

Art: How can disabled artists change the ‘mainstream’ arts sector?

Equality: Disability, intersectional identities and the arts

Attitude: Why is it taking so long? Can we speed up change?Will we ever get there?

Future: Does new technology enable or create more barriers?

Each session will begin with provocations from a diverse range of speakers (who will be announced over the coming months), followed by discussion and debate in chaired breakout spaces and animated by artists-in-residence and other creative responses around the building.

Who is it for?

The symposium is aimed at those in the cultural sector who want to engage with different perspectives and to plan for real change. Global audiences can view the provocations online and join the discussion on social media.

Introductory day on 3 September

Symposium attendees from organisations have the option to attend a free introductory day on Monday 3 September. We’ll explain the history and context of Unlimited and the UK disability arts scene, and gave an introduction to disability equality and access. Numbers are limited. We will contact you about how to book once you have booked a place at the symposium itself.


The event aims to be accessible, open and inclusive. Access has been considered at all stages in the development of the event and the initial details about planned access provisions - Unlimited Symposium Access Statement Version 1 - can be downloaded on this page: http://weareunlimited.org.uk/creating-an-accessible-event/

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Any questions? Email us at [email protected] or phone on 0207 424 7330.