Unlimited’s aim through their awards is to commission disabled artists and companies to make exceptional work, enabling it to reach UK and international audiences. It feels even more important at this unprecedented time, when many artists and companies have been stopped from touring and sharing work, to keep commissioning artists even when we are all unsure of where the cultural sector might be when these works will be due to bloom - that is why Pentabus is so excited to be partnering with Unlimited on one of their Main Commissions.
For their next round of commissions, Unlimited has over half a million pounds available for Main Commissions, Research and Development awards and Emerging Artists awards, thanks to Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales and Creative Scotland. They have eleven partners for their Partner Awards which are linked to, specific geographic areas, types of audiences and specific practices.
Pentabus are one of the eleven partners, along with Artsadmin, Bagri Foundation, Coventry 2021, Farnham Maltings, Museum of the Home, Sage Gateshead, Southbank Centre, Polka Theatre, The Art House and the Wellcome Collection.
The application portal for Unlimited Commissions will open on 1 October 2020 and closes on 27 October 2020 and you can find out more about how to apply including a video available in four formats – captioned, with BSL, with summary Audio Description and with Welsh Captions) here.
Unlimited are also running a number of events across the summer and into the autumn where people can find out more and ask them questions face to face (well, screen to screen). These include:
Unlimited Connects Wales: Into the Future on 5 August,
Rural Touring: Accessible to Everyone? on Aug 14
The latter will be run in collaboration with Pentabus.