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Qatar Art & Disability

Qatar Art & Disability Festival Programme

March 2013



The British Council, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Arts & Heritage in Qatar presented the first ever Arts & Disability Festival in the Middle East.
Hosted by Katara Cultural Village, the programme included dance, music, visual arts and film created by leading British Deaf and disabled artists.
A series of talks accompanied the programme with the purpose of raising issues around the status of disabled and Deaf artists and the creative and professional barriers they face. The talks also highlighted issues of accessibility for both artists and audiences. 
The Arts and Disability Festival featured a selection of works from Unlimited, a celebration of work produced by Deaf and disabled artists that was held at the Southbank Centre as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, to coincide with the London 2012 Paralympic Games. New works were commissioned to encourage Deaf and disabled artists to push their artistic boundaries, as the Paralympic athletes pushed their sporting boundaries. 

Rachel Gadsden

Leading Body Mapping Workshops

As part of her artist work in Qatar for the festival rachel led a series of workshops for Disabled young people andtheir families. 
Hundreds of young people took part in Body Mapping workshops, and for the first time had the opportunity to embrace disability issues through art. All of the young people and their families visited Gadsden's This Breathing World Exhibition at Katara Cultural Village and then had the opportunity to create their own expressionistic artworks.