filmpro is an organisation of digital artists, led by Deaf, Disabled and neurodivergent practitioners, who themselves experience barriers to making our art.
We are commissioning the project filmpro with ten, the first of its kind in the UK to explore the relationship between art and Disability justice.
We want you to be a part of it!
We are looking into how creative skills can contribute towards a more accessible world.
We would like to know the tools you have as artists and organisers that can make our movements for justice more radical and expressive.
Our goal with this research is to encourage artists and campaigners to work together to address the oppressive systems that disable us in multiple forms and evaluate the presence of ableism within both the arts and activism scenes.
We want to hear what is working for you, and what needs to change.
A better life is possible for everyone but no one can do it for us. We all have to be part of it, and we believe art can be a powerful way of making that a reality.
filmpro is in solidarity with all people with impairments, made Disabled by inaccessible systems and infrastructure. We recognise how everyone is impacted by ableism and that those within our community can be multiply oppressed. We are concerned with ending all systems of oppression, especially but not exclusively, those that most negatively affect people of the Global Majority, trans and incarcerated people.
Our project will take place over 18 months with 4 phases.
We started by looking for contributors for the research stage of our project.
Stage One – Research
We asked contributors to complete the short survey here with the potential to meet online or in person for a 1:1 interview with our researcher Blue (they/them).
These contributions will provide vital research on how to support disabled people in arts and social movements. We do not have funding at this time to compensate our contributors, however participants in this stage will have the opportunity to be selected for later upskill labs.
Stage Two – Development
For the second phase our team at filmpro will use these contributions to the research to identify the gaps in accessibility in the world of campaigning. The feedback you provide will be used to develop a series of tailor-made, accessible training labs to support your work and learn new skills.
Stage Three – Upskill Labs
Stage three of the project will be the delivery of a 6-week training programme, supporting 10 Disabled D/deaf or neurodivergent campaigners based in Lambeth or South London.
Led by disabled artists and practitioners of the disability arts sector, these sessions will be developed directly from our research findings and from what the participants want to learn.
The 12 upskill labs sessions which will take place over the course of 6 weeks will consist of:
- 3 sessions on organisational skills
- 3 sessions creative skills such
- 6 sessions in between these sessions where you can reflect on the workshops, what they have learnt and to create art
Sessions will be a half day long with regular breaks.
By skilling up disabled campaigners, we will be reducing the limits of ableism on our participants’ work and capacity building by reducing their dependency on access specialists.
We want to support tomorrow’s change-makers and equip them with tools and skills so they can keep moving forward in their cause independently, access more opportunities and garner deeper networks of solidarity.
We hope that this new skill set will help with reducing burnout and increase the ability for disabled people to remain in justice campaigns and create art they love.
Stage Four – Mentorship
The last phase of our project will be a 6-month mentorship with monthly check-ins with our participants. We want to ensure our training is effective in providing long-term support that allows for interdependent growth and flourishing.
We will also be creating a PDF manual on inclusive campaigning. This will be online on our website and shared on our social media accounts.