The Arts & Disability Forum 2016 successfully concluded with UK and Singapore speakers inspiring change.

We look forward to the Forum in 2017. 

Event was held between 29 to 31 March 2016 at the National Gallery Singapore
Arts & Disability Forum 2016: Shaping Perspectives, Enabling Opportunities
co-organised by the British Council, National Arts Council & Singapore International Foundation.

The Forum aimed to bring together arts practitioners, social sector and healthcare professionals in the disability sector, stakeholders and policymakers to: 

 · Broaden knowledge base and perceptions through cultural exchanges between UK and Singapore
·  Raise awareness for the arts and its potential for the disability sector in Singapore
·  Learn to harness the arts and culture to shape a more inclusive society together
·  Exchanging ideas and practices to seed meaningful collaborations for artistic development in the disability sector

Singapore practitioners and partners included Quek Ling Kiong, Alecia Neo, Jean Qingwen Loo, Michael Cheng and Rainbow Centre. Distinguished UK guests Jo Verrent (UK) and Claire Cunningham (UK), and Shape Arts delivered insights into the UK's arts and disability sector.

Panel discussions, interactive dialogue sessions and an exhibition tour also complemented the presentations to encourage cross-learning and participation by all attendees. 

A full-day Disability Equality Training workshop was conducted by Shape Arts on 31 March. The interactive training session was designed to build knowledge and awareness of disability in arts, cultural and heritage spaces, focusing on programming and spatial accessibility.