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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Events...

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.

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!

David Bower

David Bower

I am Signdance Collective's artistic director, actor & film-maker, and a creator of signdance.

Marisa Rehana Mann

Marisa Rehana Mann

I am an artist interested in conservation and sustainable development; this includes people, the environment and wildlife. My covers for an Urdu magazine take us back to when life was sustainable and I am working with another Asian group on projects to do with solar Power and water purity. Currently I am going to France for 3 weeks to work preparing a project with a school and my gallery there on the Catalan donkey, their Cultural symbol but much in decline.

Michaela Bayley

Michaela Bayley

I’m a Creature Effects Artist who works within the film & television industry.

Freewheelers Theatre Company

Freewheelers Theatre Company

The Freewheelers Theatre Company brings disabled and non-disabled actors and supporters, production teams and the local community together.

We use theatre and dance, wheelchair and voicebox technology, multimedia, animations, puppets and shadows to create innovative work.

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.

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.

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.

Charlie Stephens

Charlie Stephens

Hi my name is Charlie and I am interested in art, especially painting. I go to Project Art Works in Hastings, and with them develop my work as an artist.

Dada South

Dada South

Dada-South supports Deaf and disabled artists providing innovative opportunities for engagement, experimentation and development. Dada-South invests in the creativity of disabled and Deaf people, enabling their practice to grow and achieve a dynamic profile and reputation for excellence.

Isolte Avila

Isolte Avila

My work is Dance Theatre/ Signdance/ Music and I am interested in the search for truth & truthful expression in performance. I am also interested in the development of disabled/ Deaf dancers' performance vocabulary.

Rachel Gadsden

Rachel Gadsden

Rachel Gadsden is a British contemporary visual artist who uses figurative narrative art processes to explore notions of what it is to be human. During 2007 and 2008 Rachel was the first Historic Royal Palaces artist in residence at Hampton Court Palace and Rachel is currently also the first artist to be commissioned to work with Parliamentary Outreach for the Breaking Barriers National Exhibition and Project.

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.

Mark Barber

Mark Barber

I am a professional dancer in Anjali Dance Company. I am also Associate Director of Education. This includes planning workshops, preparing a team of teachers with learning disabilities and then teaching workshops all over the UK. I also do speeches with Nicole, the Artistic Director at many conferences.

Anya Ustaszewski

Anya Ustaszewski

Musician, Activist, Autistic - interviewed

Stevie Rice

Stevie Rice

I'm an arts person. I work as the Director of Dada-South and I'm interested in people's different experiences of disability and creativity.

Marc Steene

Marc Steene

I am currently the Head of Learning at Pallant House Gallery and have been employed at the Gallery for eight years, initially as an Outreach Officer. I am an artist and trained as such at Bath Academy of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art. In my late twenties I had a period of clinical depression that had a profound effect on my life.

Caroline Cardus

Caroline Cardus

Caroline Cardus is a visual artist interested in language, identity and sub-cultures. She originally trained as a painter and printmaker, and now her work covers a range of mediums including digital photography, collage, text based work and steel signage. Some of Caroline's work is about hers and others experience of disability.

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.

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'