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Unlimited has been extended! More funding opportunities coming up in 2020

Vogue: The Unlimited House of Krip, photo by Fotocad

Shape Arts and Artsadmin are delighted to announce that Unlimited will be extended until 2022 and there will be another open call for Unlimited Commissions, thanks to additional funding from Arts Council England.

“Disabled artists are creating some of the most vital, compelling and celebratory work around at the moment, so it’s fantastic to see Arts Council England supporting this further round of Unlimited awards, which we’re really excited to support along with another cohort of artists to help us see the world in different ways. The Unlimited commissions don’t offer ‘one take’ on disability or on art, but a range of distinctive and diverse work that connects with audiences in towns, cities and rural locations throughout the country.”

Deborah Chadbourn, Executive Director, and Róise Goan, Artistic Director, Artsadmin

“Unlimited’s current funding was due to finish in October 2020 but, through this grant, Arts Council England have enabled us to continue to support innovative, high quality work by disabled artists. Disabled artists will have another opportunity to apply for an Unlimited Commission, adding to the incredible range of disabled-led art and artists that Unlimited has supported since 2013.”

David Hevey, Director, Shape Arts

Since 2013 Unlimited, a commissions programme for disabled artists across all art forms and scales, has supported over 280 artists and awarded more than £4 million including:

  • 31 main commissions
  • 11 international awards
  • 36 awards for emerging artists
  • 41 research and development awards
  • 17 strategic commissions and co-commissions

“We’re really pleased to be able to support the continuation of the Unlimited project as well as enable a period of transition and development. The long-term impact of the commissions has been truly brilliant and we eagerly anticipate the ground-breaking and fantastic work that will come out of this continued investment.”

Abid Hussain, Director, Diversity, Arts Council England

Read the announcement in full and find out more about the next commissioning round