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Give it up for Up-Stream!

Thursday 5th May, 2011

South East Disabled and Deaf artists take centre stage in the build up to London 2012

Disabled and Deaf artists have been selected to present their work at a high profile showcase programme as part of the Brighton Festival.

Eleven artists have been chosen to represent some of the best quality work being undertaken by disabled and Deaf artists in the South East as part of Up-Stream a major new showcasing programme being run by the arts organisation, Dada-South in partnership with Arts Council England.

Amongst the artworks being presented will be new work by dance company Deaf Men Dancing and a series of works by outsider artist / writer Colin Hambrook, who combines poetry and drawing to make edgy, delicate, artworks for his latest project 100 Houses.

Other artists presenting their work include Jon Adams, Noemi Lakmaier, the Oska Bright Film Festival (the world’s first film festival run by learning disabled practitioners), Project Art Works in Hastings, Freewheelers Theatre Company, Sally Booth, Juan DelGado, Gary Thomas and filmmaker Charlie Swinbourne.

This work will form part of this year’s Brighton Festival and will contribute to the Cultural Olympiad and the build up to London 2012.

Stevie Rice, Director of Dada-South said “This is a fabulous opportunity for us to present some of the best, innovative and exciting works of art by South East disabled and Deaf artists within a major event such as Brighton Festival. This programme of contemporary and progressive work will demonstrate the enormous creative talent that the region’s disabled and Deaf artists have and how essential it is that disabled and Deaf people play a critical role in events building up to and surrounding London 2012. Up-Stream will be a benchmark to excellence in programming great work made by disabled people and will show that the South East is the lead region for disabled people’s cultural activity.”

Up-Stream will take place between 24th and 26th May in Brighton. Further information available from www.dada-south.org.uk www.brightonfestival.org or tel Dada-South 01622 685694 or info@dada-south.org.uk

Up-Stream is part of Accentuate, a transformational programme of 15 projects which seeks to change perceptions and offer opportunities to showcase the talents of deaf and disabled people. Inspired by the South East’s proud heritage of Stoke Mandeville as the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement. Accentuate has 1000 days to create a cultural shift. Screen South is the home of Accentuate.

Esther Fox, Programme Director for Accentuate said "Accentuate is delighted that Up-Stream will go a long way to challenge any preconceptions by promoting talent of deaf and disabled artists and performers. This is at the heart of everything Accentuate does and contributes to our aim of creating a cultural shift in time for the 2012 Games. We are extremely proud of Up-Stream and our other projects who are delivering groundbreaking work."

Accentuate is funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to create a cultural and sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the UK. Other funding bodies include SEEDA and the regional cultural agencies, including Arts Council England.