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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Britain in a Day

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

Events...

Joel Howie

Joel Howie

Joel is a painter he prefers to work in oils on canvas but as he isn't always able to go to his studio to work he has mastered watercolours (being more practical), but in a perfect world he would choose to paint in oils on large canvases.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

Sylvia Bernat

Sylvia Bernat

Syliva is a French/Spanish visual artist studying graphic identity, cities in motion and shifting landscapes through content curation, video painting, social media art and abstract photography.

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.)

Mark Smith

Mark Smith

I was born deaf. I am a freelance dancer, teacher, actor and choreographer. I like to incorporate sign-language with dance movements, together they form a unique style of dance that I call Signdance.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rubbena Aurangzeb Tariq

Rubbena Aurangzeb Tariq

My installations and paintings explore how we collect our feelings and thoughts within ourselves and how we learn to contain them within our own personal space and cultural boundaries. The artworks created autonomously express ideas of how one reflects with emotions, cultures, disability and identity.

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.

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.

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.