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

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Sync South East individuals programme evaluation available

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Mike Fryer

Mike Fryer

Sensations from nature provoke an emotional response from a particular motif around which I construct a painting. Nature is not slavishly copied but the sensations are submitted to the necessity of making a picture in which the compositional elements are brought into unity over the whole surface to achieve stability. The painting is a response to God’s creation in all its varied forms, its glorious colour, dynamism and vitality.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Anya Ustaszewski

Anya Ustaszewski

Musician, Activist, Autistic - interviewed

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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'