Performance poetry, films, and arts and crafts are features in an
exciting event on Thursday 3 December in Warwick, celebrating the role of people with
disabilities in the arts.
The event is being staged by Warwickshire Social Services and the Council of Disabled
People / West Midlands Disability Arts Forum at Shire Hall, Warwick, to mark the
International Day of Disabled Persons (3 December). The organisers are inviting disabled
people, members of the public, councillors and social services staff to the event, which
runs from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.
The Council of Disabled People / West Midlands Disability Arts Forum will be presenting
a performance by award winning blind performance poet and writer Michelle Taylor and
screening a series of films made by disabled film makers. Some of the films were
commissioned through West Midlands disability Arts Forum by the Arts Council.
There will also be an exhibition of photographs taken by disabled people in the
Midlands on the International Day of Disabled Persons 1996, featuring different aspects of
their lives. Visitors can also find out about a new performing arts group for disabled
people being set up in the Warwick and Leamington area.
Warwickshire Social Services will be displaying art and craftwork, made by users of its
day centres for people with learning or physical disabilities, and information about
access and facilities for disabled people at arts venues throughout Warwickshire. Displays
include a video made by users of Rugbys Bloxham Centre and craftwork from users of
the Shortwoods Centre in Dordon and Bridgeway Centre, Bedworth.
Liz Ward, of Warwickshire Social Services, said
"Arts and disability covers a wide range of issues. Its about people with
disabilities being practitioners of all the art forms which is why its so good to
have links with the Council of Disabled People / West Midlands Disability Arts. For Social
Services, its also about recognising the need for people with disabilities having
access to arts venues across the county and to enjoy being part of the audience."
Judith Stephenson of the Council of Disabled People / West Midlands Disability Arts
"We chose disability arts for the day as disability arts is the cultural arm of
the disability movement and gives it a clear message about the oppression of disabled
people through using creative media. This exhibition aims to demonstrate the changing role
of disabled people in society."