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Happy New Year!

Hello everyone and welcome to 2021!

We hope that everyone was able to get some rest over the transition into the New Year, and that hopes are high for the unpredictable year ahead.

Thanks to Arts Council England, we are able to continue our work over the next six months, but we want you to help us shake things up a bit!

What are we doing differently?

We’ll be having monthly ‘Coffee Table’ meetings as well as smaller working group meetings, and will be saving the bigger, more formally structured Alliance meetings to once every couple of months.

We’ll keep on with our Who’z in the Zoomz (my new spelling, what do you reckon?) and our campaigns, and want these to be guided by our hundreds of members.

We’re re-launching our working groups and are looking for new ways to get everyone involved.

How can you get involved?

Coffee Table

If you’d like to be involved but are not sure how, or just want to keep up with what’s going on, our new monthly coffee tables are the perfect space 🙂

We had one pilot coffee table last year, and it was a really nice and relaxed atmosphere where we were able to talk about anything and everything. We’ll be posting dates for the next one shortly, so look out for that here on our Noticeboard, our mailing list and on Twitter.

Conveners / Steering Group

The conveners or ‘steering’ group are the group of volunteers who set up the #WeShallNotBeRemoved movement in May last year. They meet monthly and discuss all aspects of business, funding, news in the disability world, manage the Seven Principles and more. We really want to expand this group and include a wider variety of professionals, so if this sounds like your type of commitment, please email ellie@weshallnotberemoved.com

Specific Working Groups

We have a range of working groups which are a smaller group of members who focus on campaigns or issues to do with a particular subsect of intersectional disability arts in the UK. We’ve previously had working groups for Campaigns, Access, Black Artists, Screen Industry, Visually Impaired Artists and LGBTQIA+.

These groups are organic in that they’re set up and created by you, our members, so if there is a particular issue you’d like to find out more about or a skill you’re interested in developing/sharing, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Ellie, our new Project Coordinator, or come along to one of our Coffee Table meetings to see what’s going on.

We currently have Beacon Films coordinating our Screen Industry group and the lovely Dr Jessi Parrot coordinating our LGBTQIA+ group. The other groups are ‘up for grabs’ as it were, so please do get in touch if you’re interested!

Email ellie@weshallnotberemoved.com
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We also have a shared space on Slack, where members can chat to each other and share new opportunities for disabled artists. This isn’t our main area of communication and is more of a casual space. If you’d like to sign up and join the space, please email access@weshallnotberemoved.com

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Congratulations are in order!

Congratulations are in order to not one, but two of the founding members of We Shall Not Be Removed, who both received honours in this year’s New Years Honours list!

Andrew Miller & Jo Verrant were two of the founding group members of #WeShallNotBeRemoved campaign, and it is wonderful to see their hard work has been recognised along with the campaign itself.

Jo Verrant of Unlimited has advocated for the We Shall Not Be Removed Seven Principles in a recent interview which can be read here: https://www.artsindustry.co.uk/news/2324-disabled-artists-still-discriminated-against

We Shall Not Be Removed as a movement is also delighted to have made it to The Stage’s Top 100 of 2020!

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December 2020 Update

Here is a (slightly belated!) posting of our wonderful resident filmmaker Revell Dixon’s video update for We shall Not Be Removed activity in December.

The video includes a trailer for John Kelly’s special event, which was wonderful – to all of those who came, we really hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Video includes closed captioning and audio description, and can be viewed by clicking play on the image below. If you would prefer to watch in a separate browser window, please click the following URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFvb2Y1HABM&feature=youtu.be

Like many of you, we are just coming back to work now in that awkward early January fashion, so watch out for emails and updates over the next couple of weeks as we get back into gear!

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We Shall Not Be Removed and Graeae Theatre Company Present…

They’ve Let in John Kelly!
(& Special Guests)

We are very excited to invite you to join musician & activist John Kelly for a reflective evening of song & chat on Monday 21st December!

From 8pm, we’ll be rounding off 2020 with style & thought, as John & his special guests will provide some first class music & chatter. Can’t wait to see you there!

This event is free to attend, but spaces are limited to early booking is essential. You can book a free space by clicking the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/live-for-one-night-only-theyve-let-in-john-kelly-special-guests-tickets-131063794337

Accessibility Information: This event will take place on Zoom, and Live Captioning and BSL will be provided. If you have any further access requirements or queries, please email access@weshallnotberemoved.com

Find out more about John Kelly on:

> Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JohnKellyMusician

> Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnkellymusician/

> Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/johnkellymusician

> Twitter: https://twitter.com/JK_Musician

You can read more about the event over on our website’s event page: They’ve Let In John Kelly (& Special Guests)!

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Call out for #WeShallNotBeRemoved Conveners!

A call out for volunteers to join our Convener’s Steering Group!

The Conveners Steering Group is currently made up of 25 individuals who give their time voluntarily. The group meets once a month to help steer #WSNBR to achieve its objectives.

We are very keen to expand this group, particularly to any members who don’t feel that their voice is being heard or who are feeling unrepresented. We would especially welcome hearing from our Black, Asian or culturally diverse members.

We would also like to hear from any members who might want to share any good news or important information at our December Alliance meeting on Tuesday 15th December.

If this interests you or you’d like to hear more, please email: info@weshallnotberemoved.com