Spaces of Joy is a nationwide 12-week pilot programme for freelance producers of contemporary performance, equipping them with the knowledge, skills, resources and networks for working with and feeling closer to the practice of Learning Disabled and Neurodivergent (LD/ND) artists.


The guiding aims of the programme are:

  • To develop the inclusive practice of producers when working with Learning Disabled and Neurodivergent Artists 

  • Establish more links between producers, artists and venues to ensure that more Learning Disabled and Neurodivergent artists are having their creative work produced

  • Develop the networks of freelance producers with Learning Disabled and Neurodivergent artists

Spaces of Joy is designed and led by Daisy Hale, supported by partner organisations Unity Liverpool, Fuel, Cambridge Junction, Camden Peoples’ Theatre, London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), Artsadmin, and funded by Arts Council England.

There were 10 places available for independent freelance producers, selected from an open call, as well as producers from Artsadmin and Fuel, 12 total.

The 2022 Spaces of Joy Cohort

The inaugral cohort of Spaces of Joy are. 

Mike Pony, Meg Fozzard, Ailbhe Treacy, Nia Evans, Hart Fargo, Harriet Warnock, Steve Goatman, Moni Onojeruo, Valentina Vela, Lee Smith and Bernie Whittle. 

You can read more about each of them here.



The core programme is 12 x half day sessions held once a week, each delivered online by a Learning Disabled or Neurodivergent practitioner, artist or producer. 


The producers are each paired with a Learning Disabled or Neurodivergent practitioner who will accompany them through the project as a mentor.


Each producer is also paired with a partner organisation who have committed to 4 meetings with the producer and their mentor to ensure cross-learning and building a relationship with this organisation for the future. Each organisation will publish commitments they make to improving their inclusive practice with learning disabled and neurodivergent artists as a result of the programme.


Term 1 runs 20th June - 25th July

Term 2 runs 5th September - 10th October


ARTISTS we want to hear from you too


We want to build an artist network of LD/ND artists looking to meet producers and will facilitate meetings, chances to come see your work and invitations to events.


Are you interested in:


  • Sharing your experiences with the chosen 12 Spaces of Joy producers

  • Attending workshops, where appropriate to shape learning and gain resources

  • Being part of a network of other ND/LD artists working nationally

  • Getting your work seen by producers who may wish to collaborate with you in the future

  • Meeting producers interested in LD/ND led work


Then send us your details to be added to our network and mailing list so that we can get in touch.


Fill in this form, or simply email to be added to our mailing list. Easy Read and audio formats are below. 




In the interest of clarity, please note no artist will be subject to a selection process, through emailing us you will be added to our mailing list and database. 

Artist Call Out - Easy Read. PDF.

Spaces of Joy Programme Session Schedule

These are the brilliant practitioners we are working with to deliver Spaces of Joy. Each week we'll share a spotlight on their work and their session. We encourage others looking to improve their practice to engage with, hire and collaborate with these brilliant practitioners. 

You can click on underlined text to read more about them and the archive of their session.

Term 1 

Week 1 - Introduction to Disability Equality Training and Practical Tools to Implement DET in Theatre - delivered by Daneka Etchells.

Week 2 - Access All Areas:  Learning Disability and Autism awareness and creative support workers

Week 3 - Sam Holley-Horseman: Accessing 'almost' everything

Week 4- Vijay Patel : Access Riders 

Week 5 - Sam Metz : Interpreting for people who don't sit still

Week 6 - Flo O’Mahoney : Access Clash

Term 2

Week 7 - Ali Wilson:  Off We Go: Beginnings

Week 8 - Mind the Gap & Cathy Waller: The Money Stuff

Week 9 - Paula Dower of DASH & Becky Dann: Accessible Marketing

Week 10 - 

Week 11 - Toni Dee: Care Practices and ‘the unease’

Week 12- 

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