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Sync 100: e-bulletin February 2010 easy read


Watch out!

Important dates coming up soon!

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We are sending this bulletin early because there are some important dates coming up!

  • Leading in London: Sync Associates - You must send in your application by Monday 22nd February 2010 - This is a chance to work for three months at the famous Whitechapel Gallery in London, or work for six months with Unlimited at London 2012 . Find out more on the CLP website

  • Leads into Leading: Bristol – on Wednesday 24th February 2010, 11 - 3.30pm - Sync is holding a session in Bristol in the Light Studio at the Arnolfini Gallery. For more information, email

  • Sync Intensives – You must send us your application by Sunday 28th February 2010 - if you want more training and coaching you can apply for this scheme. Find out more information on the Sync website.

Why not push yourself in 2010 and try something new? If you want to lead more, you need to try new things.

Go straight to the Sync website

Agreeing to disagree

… a quiet little crip, without a chip….... (Ian Stanton in the song ‘Chip on yer shoulder’, 1995)

cartoon on agreeing to disagree

When we lead, we sometimes have to speak up. You might think something different and you need to say so.

There are lots of ways to speak up. Our new article on the website this month is all about speaking up and how to disagree with people.

When we started Sync we were surprised how much people disagreed with each other, and sometimes how nasty we all can be with people who don't think the same way as us.

There are lots of things disabled people have different views on, and that's fine. Just because we are all disabled, it doesn't mean we all think the same.

Sometimes we find it hard to deal with people who think differently to us. We get angry or are rude to them.

As someone who leads, you need to make sure you treat people well, even when they don't agree with you.

Our article on the website looks at lots of different ways to do this. Why not have a look and see for yourself?

Go straight to the easy read article on Agreeing to disagree

Dancer Rita Marcalo

Rita Marcalo is an artist doing what artists are supposed to do: creating work that is surprising, challenging, transgressive and exciting. The point she is making, and her manner of making it, is unfamiliar; she is breaking all the rules. (Allan Sutherland, Guardian online)

A photo of the bare back of dancer Rita Marcalo, who is wearing a red bustle skirt

Our case study this month is Rita Marcalo, She is a dancer who was talked about in lots of newspapers recently.

Rita has epilepsy and wanted to make a dance where she let other people watch her have a seizure. It was called ‘Involuntary Dances’.

When Rita said she wanted to do this, lots of people said it was good and lots of people said it was bad.

We wanted to know how Rita felt about the comments she got.

Before she made the dance, she said she didn't really see herself as a disabled person. She does now.

We have two short videos of an interview with Rita up on the site, and we also have a word document which has the interview typed up too.

Why not have a look and listen to what Rita says?

Go straight to the interview with Rita

What? So what? Now what?

Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it. (Jack Canfield)

cartoon saying what next?

So, lots there to think about.

I was on a course last week, and at the end we were asked these questions:

What? – what did we learn?

So what? – what bits of the course were useful to us?

Now what? - and what were we going to do about it?

So I’m asking you the same questions.

  • What did you learn from this bulletin?

  • What bits are useful to you?

  • What are you going to do about them?

Next month the bulletin will be about leading as an artist.

We will also be able to tell you who is going to take up the placements and who is on the Intensives programme.

Until then, have fun and keep warm – ideally at the same time!

Jo Verrent

Sync Project Manager

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