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What difference has the Unlimited International programme made?

February 12, 2018

(Part 3 of 10 in a series of blog posts evaluating the Unlimited International programme)

In what ways did the Unlimited International stakeholders feel that the Unlimited International programme made a difference?

The Unlimited International stakeholders universally characterised the Unlimited International programme as a useful learning opportunity.

The participants reported enhanced learning and skills development as a result of participating.

“Giving them new skills.” (India)

“Skills acquired.” (Brazil)

“I developed knowledge about best practice in this field.” (Australia)

The reported opportunities for learning were varied, ranging from artistic practice to project management and delivery, to models of theatre-making.

“It has helped me have a greater understanding of how to manage a project involving many different artists and professionals, and has taught me a lot about how to develop a show to suit the target audience.” (China)

“It allowed me to work with both hearing and deaf professionals and receive different perspectives on how to deliver the project.” (China)

“In Cambodia it is not much about the process, it is about the product.  It is what you sell not how you make it.  But the process changes the way you think and you can enjoy that process and people work together.  I really learned that.”  (Cambodia)

“To learn a different model of theatre-making that places innovation and quality first and in the process, bring together emerging artists from Singapore to see that something different and expansive could be achieved.” (Singapore)

Many of the Unlimited International stakeholders described increases in confidence as a result of participating in Unlimited International.

“Confidence.” (India)

“To be confident.” (Singapore)

“It has helped me develop my confidence.” (China)

“Had the positive effect of building the confidence of artists with disabilities.” (Singapore)

“It has certainly changed the lives of the three disabled artists who came on the R&D. They have all reported new confidences and fears overcome.” (Brazil)

The Unlimited International stakeholders felt that this enhanced confidence had inspired the work and ambitions of the participating artists and producers.

“He was filled with confidence, excitement and energy to pursue his ambitions.” (Uganda)

“As most of us are new in this field, the new relationships forged will boost our confidence to take on more challenging projects.” (Singapore)

“I am sure it has made both the UK and Japanese collaborators and artists/people involved more confident, more inspired by their work, more visible and more empowered.” (Japan)

“I will be confident to share more ideas, and try out more things.” (China)

What can Unlimited International learn from this?

The stakeholders reported that they had learned a lot from the Unlimited International opportunity, that their confidence had grown as a result, and that this had inspired their work.

Confidence is an essential requirement for creating a thriving and sustained disability arts scene internationally.  Disabled artists need the personal and professional confidence to have agency as individual artists that are able to produce and advocate for their work.  Whilst this is useful for all, it may have a greater impact in regions where what they are doing is currently considered unusual.


Image: Jo Verrent, Senior Producer, Unlimited meeting disabled artists and activists at British Council Indonesia, Jakarta.

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