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New BBC Commissioning Strand to Support Disabled Artists

BBC Arts – Culture in Quarantine

We Shall Not Be Removed is delighted to have played a part inspiring BBC Arts’ new Culture in Quarantine commissions for deaf, disabled and neurodiverse artists. 


Ten established disabled artists will be commissioned from across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to create new video or audio works to be published on BBC platforms in 2021 with the aim of reaching audiences across the UK and worldwide. 


There is no specific editorial brief: projects can – but do not have to – creatively respond to the disabled experience of living through the pandemic. The new Culture in Quarantine programme is being managed by The Space in partnership with Unlimited. Access support is available for applications including alternative formats and funding for access support.

The deadline for applications is noon, Tuesday 12 January 2021. 

Find out more and apply here: https://www.thespace.org/commissioning

There is also some further press coverage here: https://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/bbc/bbc-sets-out-disabled-creators-plan/5154746.article

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#DDA25 – Disability Discrimination Act (1995) 25 years on

We Shall Not Be Removed offers thanks and deep respect to our deaf, disabled and neurodiverse colleagues in the Disability Rights Movement who fought for our civil rights 25 years ago.

The Disability Discrimination Act of 1995 did not deliver everything that we all wanted, but it was the first legislation that recognised disabled people’s rights to an equality of goods and services and it was hard won.

You can find out more about the campaign to achieve the DDA here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-54862889

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Monthly Video Update – September!

The first of the We Shall Not Be Removed monthly update videos is here!

The headlines for this video are:

A huge thanks to filmmaker Revell Dixon for putting this video together. This video has closed captioning as well as audio description. Scroll to the bottom of this page to read & access the links available at the end of the video.

Helpful Links:

We Shall Not Be Removed website: www.weshallnotberemoved.com

We Shall Not Be Removed Twitter: @WSNBRUK

If you’d like to join our LGBTQIA+ group, email us at: lgbtqia@weshallnotberemoved.com

If you’d like to get involved with our access group or have any access queries, email us at: access@weshallnotberemoved.com

If you’d like to get involved, and/or join our Slack group, just email us at: info@weshallnotberemoved.com

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The Members’ Coffee Table

Thursday 15th October – 6.30pm-7.30pm

We’re piloting a new way for all of us to keep in touch and have our voices heard, and we’ve called it… The Coffee Table!

Chillax, unwind, get to know each other. These are the only aims of this no-pressure, relaxed way of getting members together. We might talk about what is going on for the disability arts world, we might talk about the weather or the telly. Who knows! This is a new project we’re piloting as a way to stay in touch and make sure there is space for a multitude of voices to be heard. 

Access information: This will take place on Zoom, and BSL & live captioning will be provided.

Please click below to book a FREE space via our Eventbrite page:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/124692244861

Spaces are limited to 30 only for access reasons. If the event goes well and people feel like they’ve got a lot out of it, then hopefully we can host more in the future.

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An Invitation to the New Screen Industry Group!

Dear #WeShallNotBeRemoved members,

You are warmly invited to the first meeting of the #WeShallNotBeRemoved Screen Industry Group

Time: 11am – 12pm (‘arrivals’ from 10.45am)

Date: Wednesday 14th October 2020

Place: via Zoom (link will be emailed nearer the time)

Sign up at www.beaconfilms.org.uk/inclusivescreen

Or call Beacon Films on 0191 580 7000

The meeting is being co-chaired by Oska Bright Film Festival (www.oskabright.org) and Beacon Films (www.beaconfilms.org.uk)

The meeting is open for all, and particular attention will be given to making the event accessible for people with learning disabilities, autism and neurodiversity

For accessibility reasons we are limiting capacity to 15 guests, but if there is high demand we will organise more meetings.

The aims of the first meeting will be to:

  • Present some facts about the current situation for disabled people in the screen industry
  • Get to know each other and find out what we all hope to get out of the screen industry group
  • Put forward a suggestion for our first campaign

Access information:

  • Click here to download this information in Easy Read
  • A BSL interpreter will be available if required
  • We will be using PowerPoint slides to help understanding for people with learning disabilities, and all information contained in the slides will be fully described.
  • We will invite all attendees to tell the meeting who they are and what they want to get out of the group. You do not have to do this if you do not want to and assistance will be available to those who need it.

We look forward to meeting you!

Sign up at www.beaconfilms.org.uk/inclusivescreen

Or call Beacon Films on 0191 580 7000

Very best wishes,

Oska Bright Film Festival & Beacon Films