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

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Events...

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!

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.

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.

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.)

David Bower

David Bower

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

Anya Ustaszewski

Anya Ustaszewski

Musician, Activist, Autistic - interviewed

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

DAO

DAO

DAO is a unique online journal. First published in 2001, and now updated regularly, DAO publishes quality work by, and about, Deaf and Disabled artists. As part of this process, we aim to raise awareness of the issues that face all of us working across the disability spectrum. Just nearing the end of a welcome investment by Arts Council England in the rebuilding of the website, we're now focussing on animating and evolving our fresh, new site in sustainable and creative ways.

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'

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.

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.

Caroline Coates

Caroline Coates

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

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.

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.

Jon Pratty

Jon Pratty

I'm a digital publisher and journalist energised by opportunities to build sustainable relationships and lasting partnerships that help people and organisations find creative, cultural voices online.