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Spaces of Joy Week 8: Mind The Gap

Updated: Jul 21, 2023

Mind the Gap is England’s premier learning disability performance and arts company, breaking barriers and celebrating diversity.

They are committed to pushing boundaries, challenging perceptions, and empowering individuals with learning disabilities and autism in the world of performing arts. For over 30 years, they have been at the forefront of advocating for inclusion and diversity in the arts, and we are proud to have paved the way for individuals with learning disabilities and autism to access and excel in the performing arts sector.

Mind the Gap was founded with a vision of providing a platform for individuals with learning disabilities and autism to express themselves, showcase their talents, and participate in the performing arts professionally. They believe that every individual, regardless of their abilities, deserves the opportunity to engage in creative expression and contribute to the cultural fabric of society.

As a pioneering company, they have produced award-winning performances, delivered innovative workshops, and collaborated with renowned artists and organisations to create ground-breaking works of art. Their performances have been showcased on national and international stages, earning critical acclaim, and challenging the status quo of what is possible in the performing arts.

Mind the Gap is working to deliver 3 key strands; Performance & Live Art, Talent Development and Sector Leadership.

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Mind the Gap looked at fundraising and the money stuff; covering developing ideas, budgeting and fundraising for projects led by learning disabled and autistic artists from ACE and other funders. They also shared tips and insights about paying artists in line with their benefits. The session was be led by artists and staff from Mind the Gap and include lots of case studies.

Cathy Waller of Disability Arts Online took us through the basics of Access to Work; what it’s for and how it works.

Below is Amber Anderson's live scribe of the session:

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