Sync South East - An Accentuate Project

Sync South East was a leadership development programme designed to support and develop Deaf and disabled people and disability arts organisations and projects in the South East of England. The project ran from 2009 - 2011.

Two programmes ran, one for individuals and one for organisations. This site gives you a chance to find out more about the programmes and the artists and organisations involved.

Sync South East was managed by Jo Verrent of Ada Inc in association with Sarah Pickthall of Cusp Inc who took the coaching design lead for both programmes. Associates on the programme were Dawn Langley of Alchemy and Hannah Reynolds of HannahReynoldAssociates.

Two evaluation reports were compiled; there are summaries of the findings on the blog or you can get a copy of the reports by contacting joverrent@mac.com

Photos on the site are a mixture of our own images (taken by the Sync team), images sent in by organisations and individuals themselves and commissioned images by Mandy Legg.

Sync SE was part of the Accentuate programme. Accentuate is an incubator for ideas as well as a producer and commissioner of projects which challenge perceptions of disability. Accentuate also provides practical training and guidance, ignites debate and leads cultural discussion. We believe that the arts and culture can be a tool for bringing about social change and all our projects reflect this belief. Find out more about Accentuate at http://www.accentuateuk.org

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From the blog...

Sync South East organisations programme evaluation available

“If we survive this period of uncertainty we will emerge a stronger and more sustainable...

Sync South East individuals programme evaluation available

“I have gained the courage to leave the safety of the organisations I had been working with...
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Britain in a Day

Last year, Caroline Ward worked on an exciting film-making project, called Britain in a Day for the...

Events...

Jon Adams

Jon Adams

Dyslexic Visual Artist and Composer who 'plays' with the transformation of the 'ordinary' and concepts of the 'hidden' and what is 'normal'. All his work is autobiographical working within 'science and arts' and dysmonumentalist public arts.

Liz Porter

Liz Porter

I have worked in the sector for over 15 years, as a freelance inclusive arts project manager, performance storyteller, workshop facilitator and disability arts consultant. I feel passionate about empowerment and passing on our ‘life stories’ skills knowledge and experience. When I work with story (traditional or personal) I love to explore the representation of disability. Our stories and images of ourselves enrich our lives and form a central part of the cultural fabric of the social history of Disability. They matter, and are a strong source of inspiration to me.

Sign Dance Collective

Sign Dance Collective

Signdance Collective is an international dance theatre company based in South East England, led by Deaf and physically disabled artists. Through experimentation, performance and education work it heads the development of a pioneering art form - signdance theatre.

Outside In

Outside In

Outside In is trying to create a level playing field where access to the art world is possible for all who create. Our aim is not to turn people into ‘artists’, but to challenge the art world to embrace and make itself accessible to a wider range of individuals and ways of making.

The main vehicles for Outside In are an open art competition, a dedicated website with an extensive online gallery that enables artists who find it difficult to access the art world to have their work shown on an international platform and Step Up, a training and professional development programme.

Caroline Ward

Caroline Ward

Caroline makes durational film pieces about space and place, using film and social media to explore the impact of architecture and movement of people through urban spaces to investigate cities and sense of place.

Caroline Coates

Caroline Coates

I am an illustrator and Arts Development Professional mainly interested in developing engagement with the Arts.

Stingray

Stingray

We are Stingray a club based arts project run by and for people with learning disabilities in and around Oxfordshire. The Stingray Crew is made up of 5 volunteers. We each lead a different part of the work. We support each other and work as a team. We are a small part time project with big full time ideas!

Jamie Stewart

Jamie Stewart

I write shoot and edit films. I perform with Orpheus and The Freewheelers. I write songs. I also run Top Wheel...

No Handbags

No Handbags

No Handbags creates visually striking performance based experiences that are emotionally engaging and blur the boundary between performer and audience.

The company of performers with learning disabilities aims to challenge traditional perceptions of theatre and facilitate the artistic expression of non conventional artists.

StopGAP

StopGAP

StopGAP is a Surrey-based contemporary dance company comprising of dancers with and without disabilities. The company performs in theatres and at outdoor festivals, as well as leading a large range of educational outreach workshops, residencies, professional development sessions and mentoring both in the UK and across the world.

Pauline Alexander

Pauline Alexander

I am a visual artist and disability equality training consultant. I am committed to personal and professional development and the transformational, revolutional efforts this requires.

Nicola Anonymous

Nicola Anonymous

I am a registered archivist and work on access and learning programmes using archive material. I wish to explore further how heritage can be used to support an individual’s growth and empowerment. I am currently working on several projects which use film and drama to convey past stories, which, conversely, also uses historical stories as inspiration for the arts.

Mandie Saw

Mandie Saw

I am a practising artist working in a wide variety of media, but especially sculpture. For the last sixteen years I have worked in the community running/facilitating workshops. I co-founded 'Artscape' an arts related group based in Petersfield for adults in the early stages of recovery from long and enduring mental health issues. I'm also involved with many other projects including 'Outside In', 'Metal Monkeys' and 'Creative Response'

David Dixon

David Dixon

I am an installation artist interested in the nature of perception and the uncertainty of binary divisions. My work refers to the research of modern physics, and philosophical dialogues of impermanence, drawing on concepts that harness uncertainty. Over the last few years, my work has been evolving into a more process oriented exploration, which places an ever increasing emphasis on the network: whether cognitive, biological or social.

Jayne Earnscliffe

Jayne Earnscliffe

I am an access consultant working with arts and heritage organisations to improve their policies, practices and premises to ensure inclusivity.

Monika Akila Richards

Monika Akila Richards

Akila is also an experienced practitioner - employed and freelance in the arts, cultural and diversity sector combined. Her passion is to empower artists and practitioners that do not neatly fit in a convential way.

Anjali

Anjali

Anjali Dance Company is a pioneering professional company that exists to realise and celebrate through dance the potential of people with learning disabilities.

Anya Ustaszewski

Anya Ustaszewski

Musician, Activist, Autistic - interviewed

Creative Future

Creative Future

Creative Future bridges the gap between the community arts and the professional arts sectors in the South East. We provide talented marginalised* artists and writers the chance to reintegrate through their own talents by providing training, support, exhibiting and publishing opportunities, selling & promoting their work at the highest levels. We raise the profile of individual artists/writers and the organisations they access, whilst challenging public stereotypes of marginalised people.

(Marginalised: *Those with mental health problems, learning difficulties, homeless people, substance misusers, offenders & ex-offenders.)

Sarah Scott

Sarah Scott

My work has spanned a host of different areas within Deaf and disability arts, from performer, development officer, producer, arts council officer and initiator, with the past few years working on projects that focused on the professional development of deaf and disabled people within the arts. Lately, I’ve stepped towards investigating my own creativity, returning to ‘source’ as it were. In a way this is tender, I’m venturing into unchartered territory, approaching forms of expression that are new for me.

Gary Thomas

Gary Thomas

My name is Gary and I am an artist and film maker. My first short film was about a disabled escort, and my second film was a split screen film commissioned by DADA-South, called 'Coming Out.' I sold my 3rd short film, 'Early One Summer' to an American distribution company. Most things I do stem from my writing, (with the exceptions of painting & photography) and I have worked with disabled people within the arts since 2003.

Sarah Gordy

Sarah Gordy

I am a passionate and experienced actor with downs syndrome. My career has been driven by imaginative writers and creatives who see my work.