Campaigns

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Since forming in May 2020, #WeShallNotBeRemoved has delivered two national awareness raising campaigns.

Campaign #1

The first campaign was an open letter to The Secretary of State of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, together with all devolved UK culture ministers, demanding safeguards to protect the future of disability arts in the UK as a consequence of COVID-19. Over 150 disabled artists and cultural leaders signed the letter.

The letter is currently hosted at Graeae Theatre’s website, where it is also available in BSL Interpretation, Easy Read and as an Audio Flyer.

You are warmly invited to add the support of your organisation or yourself to the open letter by emailing info@weshallnotberemoved.com or filling in the contact form below:

    Please confirm that you are a disabled person or a disability-lead organisation

    Campaign #2

    The second campaign was a social media action day on Wednesday 17 June when disabled artists from across the UK celebrated the depth and diversity of inclusive & disability art on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, using the hashtags #WeShallNotBeRemoved and #EndAbleism


    The campaign was designed to raise awareness of the magnified inequalities for disabled people working in the creative industries caused by the pandemic, as many disabled artists face long term shielding, loss of income and invisibility in wider society.   

    Campaign #3

    Over August this year, we invited our members to contribute to an open discourse throughout the month that focused on the notion of an ‘Inclusive Recovery’ for the arts and creative sector.

    Click here to find out more about the campaign and to visit our Twitter Archive!

    Campaign #4 – The Seven Principles

    The Seven Inclusive Principles for Arts & Cultural Organisations working safely through COVID-19 is designed to complement the suite of guidance documents already issued by UK Governments and sector support organisations. 

    The Seven Principles are applicable across all art forms and across all 4 UK nations and come with endorsement from a wide range of leading sector bodies including: Arts Council EnglandCreative ScotlandThe Arts Council of WalesThe Arts Council of Northern IrelandBritish Film InstituteThe Museum AssociationTheatres TrustRoyal Philharmonic Society and the British Council.The Seven Principles are applicable across all art forms and across all 4 UK nations and come with endorsement from a wide range of leading sector bodies including: Arts Council EnglandCreative ScotlandThe Arts Council of WalesThe Arts Council of Northern IrelandBritish Film InstituteThe Museum AssociationTheatres TrustRoyal Philharmonic Society and the British Council.

    Media Coverage

    Recovery: The Cultural Sector Must Be Fully Inclusive
    Arts Professional

    Who will return after the interval?
    Arts Professional

    The Other Side: Resetting the Dial on Inclusion
    Arts Professional

    #WeShallNotBeRemoved: New National Disability Arts Initiative Launched
    a-n News

    Plastic Waste in Lockdown, Dental Plans and Disability Arts
    You & Yours, BBC Radio 4

    UK Disability Arts Alliance ‘We Shall Not Be Removed’ responds to the current crisis
    Disability Arts Online

    Crippen supports the UK Disability Arts Alliance ‘We Shall Not Be Removed’ who are responding to the current crisis
    Disability Arts Online

    Disability Arts: A Power of Disabled People
    Disability Issue

    Coronavirus: Action celebrates disability arts while highlighting pandemic concerns
    Disability News Service

    Round-up: Failing justice system, arts leaders speak out, and Scotland’s shielding caution
    Disability News Service

    We Shall Not Be Removed: An Open Letter to UK Cultural Ministers
    Drake Music

    View on the danger for the arts; action is needed now
    The Guardian

    Disability campaigners warn of UK’s progress unravelling in the arts
    The Guardian

    UK Disability Arts Alliance Vows #WeShallNotBeRemoved by Hasty COVID Planning
    Museums and Heritage Advisor

    Leading Disabled Artists & Cultural Leaders Send Open Letter to UK Culture Ministers
    Official London Theatre

    A New Alliance: in conversation with #WeShallNotBeRemoved
    Still Ill OK

    Coronavirus: ‘Disability Arts Must Be Safeguarded’ 140 Artists Demand
    The Stage

    Theatre 2021: Jenny Sealey on… Disability in Theatre
    The Stage