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Disability Arts Cymru & #WeShallNotBeRemoved Presents… International Women’s Day!

Monday 8th March || 4pm – 6pm

We’re hosting a star-studded event for International Women’s Day!

Disability Arts Cymru  in partnership with #WeShallNotBeRemoved are celebrating Disabled and Deaf women from across the UK for International Women’s Day.

Definition of women includes women/womxn identifying as female/femme and ‘non-binary’.

The theme this year is Choose to Challenge: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Theme.

A variety of Womxn will get up to all sorts of mischief, while ensuring vital aspects of our lives are shared through words, sign, music, song, and so much more.

Already confirmed are Julie McNamara as host, Francesca Martinez, Miss Jacqui, Claire Cunningham, Deepa Shastri, Dr Vole and a range of other delectable comrades.

This free event is open to all disabled/Deaf artists, activists and allies.

To register for this free event, please click the following link: bit.ly/DACCT0803

BSLI and Live Captioning will be available. If you need any other requirements, please inform us as you register.

Supported with funds from Arts Council Wales Cultural Recovery Funds

Click here to download the event information in Standard Print: Word | PDF

Click here to download the event information in Large Print: Word | PDF

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Dates for the Diary February 2021

Members Coffee Table – Tuesday 9th February, 3-4pm

We’re very excited to host our first meeting of the year! We trialled a smaller, more relaxed ‘coffee table’ format towards the end of last year, and it was very lovely indeed.

Spaces are free, but we encourage you to reserve a spot via Eventbrite so that we don’t get overcrowded.

If we want to be the ‘UK Disability Arts Alliance’, we need to represent and act on as many issues as possible whilst representing as many people & groups as possible. So please come along & say hi – it’s up to us what happens next!

What should we do next? Do you have ideas for a campaign? Have some disability arts news you’d like to talk about? Fancy a break from other meetings to sit and chill with a brew for a bit on a Tuesday?

Click the following link to head over to Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/we-shall-not-be-removed-members-coffee-table-tickets-139403807541

Click here to access the agenda & Zoom link: https://www.weshallnotberemoved.com/february-agendas-2021/

If you do not have the password yet for this year, please email info@weshallnotberemoved.com with a request!

Campaign Group Meeting – Thursday 11th February, 3-4.30pm

Fancy getting involved in our next campaign? Have any ideas of what you think We Shall Not Be Removed should be doing this year?

Come along to our first campaigns group meeting of the year! We haven’t met in many months, so newcomers are VERY welcome & encouraged. You can find out about our previous campaigns over on our Campaigns Page here: https://www.weshallnotberemoved.com/campaigns/

More information about the meeting will be posted soon on the website, and a password will be required in order to access the Zoom link for the meeting.

Click here to access the agenda & Zoom link: https://www.weshallnotberemoved.com/february-agendas-2021/

If you do not have the password yet for this year, please email info@weshallnotberemoved.com with a request!

If you are a disabled artist/creative/person working in the creative industries and would like to get involved, please just pop us an email at info@weshallnotberemoved.com and we’ll send over the password to the documents.

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UPDATE: DEADLINE EXTENDED! WWF ‘Just Imagine…’ Creative Competition

UPDATE 21/1/21: Deadline for submissions has now been extended to Sunday 7th February!

We’ve been very excited here at We Shall Not Be Removed to begin an advisory relationship with the World Wildlife Foundation on accessibility when it comes to all things creative.

Although we only began talking last week, the WWF has already created accessible formats of the submissions pitch for their latest Creative Competition inspired by Sir David Attenborough’s recent film Sir David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet.

Just Imagine invites artists to “visualise how we can best live in harmony with our planet and what our rebuilt future could look like.” 

The deadline for submissions has now been extended to Sunday 7th February 5pm!

Image Description: A square is split into a white background at the top half and a black background on the bottom half. In capital letters, ‘JUST’ is written on the top half in black, and ‘IMAGINE’ is written in the bottom half in white.

The competition is open to the whole creative arts sector, so no matter what your discipline, we’re
interested in working with you. Competition entries will be judged by a panel, with the winners securing
space in our exhibition in 2021. Winning creatives will form a group who will work with WWF and a
leading curator to plan and stage a public exhibition of their work.

– from the WWF Creative Brief

Just Imagine… Brief

STANDARD PRINT CALL OUT (PDF) Click here to download

AUDIO (SHORTENED VERSION)Click here to download

AUDIO (FULL LENGTH) Click here to download

LARGE PRINT CALL OUT (POWERPOINT SLIDES)Click here to download

Click here to visit their page and find out more about the judges & the competition: https://attenboroughfilm.com/creative-arts/

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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
Click here to subscribe to our mailing list

Follow us on:
Twitter @WSNBRUK
LinkedIn We Shall Not Be Removed

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!