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

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.

The second campaign is 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 is 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.   

Media Coverage

Recovery: The Cultural Sector Must Be Fully Inclusive
Arts Professional

The Other Side: Resetting the Dial on Inclusion
Arts Professional

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

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