In 2019, CRIPtic was a pioneering disability arts showcase at the Barbican Centre. Curated by Jamie Hale, it featured their first solo show – NOT DYING – and seven other artists. After selling out opening night, we were invited back for 2021, and now we can announce, CRIPtic will be back – bigger and better than ever.

Funded by Arts Council England, CRIPtic will form a development programme for d/Deaf and disabled artists. We will fund 4 emerging d/Deaf and disabled artists or groups of d/Deaf and disabled artists to develop pioneering performance projects suitable for online delivery, by paying them to attend a monthly mentoring session with an established artist and inviting them to attend monthly sessions with industry-leading d/Deaf and disabled performers (details TBC). This will help develop ideas, which will then be workshopped online, and performed at the Barbican Centre in autumn 2021 (or digitally, COVID-depending).

We’re commissioning artists who challenge the boundaries of existing artforms, whose work explodes outwards, is riotous (whether quietly or loudly), and is suitable for delivery digitally and in person. The development programme will function to support artists in moving from pitch to performance, and will be accompanied by a wider programme of intensive classes for those artists, with free open places for other d/Deaf and disabled artists.

These will be run by established d/Deaf and disabled creatives, and will cover everything from embedding access in performance to performance skills or the technicalities of an arts career and will occur on a monthly basis. Each of these will be open to our 4 commissioned artists (who are encouraged to attend), with 8 other places for d/Deaf and disabled artists to attend, free of charge.