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    In a photo by fine art photographer Suzie Larke, a nude woman lies face-down on the stage of an empty auditorium. The woman, who looks anxious, is holding a microphone in her outstretched right hand. Her body is broken into four pieces and appears to be made from porcelain. Image credit: Storms Don’t Last Forever © Suzie Larke.
    Suzie Larke

    Southbank Centre’s fifth Unlimited was a digital festival

    In early 2021, we held our first ever digital Unlimited due to COVID-19. Featuring dance, performance, comedy, music and visual art, the biennial festival celebrates the artistic vision and creativity of disabled artists. It showcases ambitious creative projects by outstanding disabled artists and companies.  

    Unlimited was born at the Southbank Centre, emerging out of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. A biennial festival, it provides a platform for new commissions and existing work, shared with audiences from around the world.  

    For the 2021 festival, we were pleased to be supporting a partner award in the commissioning programme for the very first time.

    Our partner, the Unlimited arts commissioning programme, is at the heart of the festival. It aims to share the impact of work by disabled artists in the UK and around the world, reach new audiences and shift perceptions of disabled people. 

    Since 2013, the Unlimited arts commissioning programme has been delivered by the disability-led arts organisation Shape Arts and arts-producing organisation Artsadmin.

    It is currently funded by Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland and the British Council. 

    Over the past seven years, Unlimited has awarded over £4 million to over 330 ambitious disabled artists and companies. Their work has been experienced by more than 2.6 million people, globally and online.