Shape Arts

Applications are now open for Shape Arts 2019 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary! 

Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary (ARMB), the annual award set up in memory of sculptor Adam Reynolds to support mid-career disabled artists, is now open for applications.

Now in its eleventh year, the ARMB offers this year’s successful recipient an award of £10,000 and an accompanying three-month residency with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts, Gateshead from 4 March to 31 May 2019.

Find out more
Shape Arts 2018 Free Reads Scheme

As a partner organisation supporting The Literary Consultancy’s Free Reads scheme, Shape is looking for disabled writers wanting to improve their skills by utilising a free reading and feedback programme. 

This service is available for extracts or full manuscripts across fiction, non-fiction, short stories, poetry, scripts and screenplays.

Apply now
5 minutes with Jess Starns

Shape caught up with artist Jess Starns, to discuss her developing art practice and research into neurodivergence.

“Neurodiversity is a positive word and celebrates the fact that there isn’t ‘wrong wiring’ in the brain.”

Click here to read the conversation!
Collect free donations for Shape every time you shop online!

Every time you shop online you can raise a free donation for Shape by using Easyfundraising.
It’s fast and easy, there’s no extra or catch but it makes a huge difference to us here at Shape!

Our 23 supporters collected over £50 in free donations for Shape so far this year simply by shopping online - why not join them and boost those numbers?

Click here for more information and to sign up!
Shape Artist Profile: Jack Haslam 

Jack Haslam’s work is about friendship, loyalty and control. Haslam love for animals has been a major influence in his life and is a driving force within the work. Haslam states "What others might consider minor and unimportant details are the things that inspire my work."

Read more here
Art Opportunities 

Graeae - Write to Play. Deadline: 3 September

Graeae seeks disabled writers in South West England who are passionate about theatre, keen to write for the stage and gain experience. All access requirements will be met. 

Apply now
Venture Arts - Residency. Deadline: 5 September. 

Venture Arts is calling for expressions of interest from visual artists to take part in their new project based in Manchester, Conversations Series II. All successful artists will receive a £3000 artist fee, plus a materials budget, and will be given access to free studio space in Hulme for five months. 

Apply here

Unlimited Festival 

Southbank Centre from 5 to 9 September, celebrating the work of disabled artists.
Range of accessible events. Access details are available here

Unlimited is a commissioning programme run by Shape Arts and Artsadmin. 

Find out more and book tickets here
Fastminds Neurodiversity Arts Festival

Kingston upon Thames from 14 to 15 September, celebrating the work of neurodiverse artists. 
Open and inclusive family event. 

Click here for more information!

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Shape, Unit 21, Deane House Studios, 27 Greenwood Place, London, NW5 1LB. Charity no: 279184

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