Sync South East - An Accentuate Project

Sync South East was a leadership development programme designed to support and develop Deaf and disabled people and disability arts organisations and projects in the South East of England. The project ran from 2009 - 2011.

Two programmes ran, one for individuals and one for organisations. This site gives you a chance to find out more about the programmes and the artists and organisations involved.

Sync South East was managed by Jo Verrent of Ada Inc in association with Sarah Pickthall of Cusp Inc who took the coaching design lead for both programmes. Associates on the programme were Dawn Langley of Alchemy and Hannah Reynolds of HannahReynoldAssociates.

Two evaluation reports were compiled; there are summaries of the findings on the blog or you can get a copy of the reports by contacting joverrent@mac.com

Photos on the site are a mixture of our own images (taken by the Sync team), images sent in by organisations and individuals themselves and commissioned images by Mandy Legg.

Sync SE was part of the Accentuate programme. Accentuate is an incubator for ideas as well as a producer and commissioner of projects which challenge perceptions of disability. Accentuate also provides practical training and guidance, ignites debate and leads cultural discussion. We believe that the arts and culture can be a tool for bringing about social change and all our projects reflect this belief. Find out more about Accentuate at http://www.accentuateuk.org

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From the blog...

Sync South East organisations programme evaluation available

“If we survive this period of uncertainty we will emerge a stronger and more sustainable...

Sync South East individuals programme evaluation available

“I have gained the courage to leave the safety of the organisations I had been working with...
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Britain in a Day

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Events...

No Handbags

No Handbags

No Handbags creates visually striking performance based experiences that are emotionally engaging and blur the boundary between performer and audience.

The company of performers with learning disabilities aims to challenge traditional perceptions of theatre and facilitate the artistic expression of non conventional artists.

Monika Akila Richards

Monika Akila Richards

Akila is also an experienced practitioner - employed and freelance in the arts, cultural and diversity sector combined. Her passion is to empower artists and practitioners that do not neatly fit in a convential way.

Marc Steene

Marc Steene

I am currently the Head of Learning at Pallant House Gallery and have been employed at the Gallery for eight years, initially as an Outreach Officer. I am an artist and trained as such at Bath Academy of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art. In my late twenties I had a period of clinical depression that had a profound effect on my life.

Creative Future

Creative Future

Creative Future bridges the gap between the community arts and the professional arts sectors in the South East. We provide talented marginalised* artists and writers the chance to reintegrate through their own talents by providing training, support, exhibiting and publishing opportunities, selling & promoting their work at the highest levels. We raise the profile of individual artists/writers and the organisations they access, whilst challenging public stereotypes of marginalised people.

(Marginalised: *Those with mental health problems, learning difficulties, homeless people, substance misusers, offenders & ex-offenders.)

David Dixon

David Dixon

I am an installation artist interested in the nature of perception and the uncertainty of binary divisions. My work refers to the research of modern physics, and philosophical dialogues of impermanence, drawing on concepts that harness uncertainty. Over the last few years, my work has been evolving into a more process oriented exploration, which places an ever increasing emphasis on the network: whether cognitive, biological or social.

Mark Barber

Mark Barber

I am a professional dancer in Anjali Dance Company. I am also Associate Director of Education. This includes planning workshops, preparing a team of teachers with learning disabilities and then teaching workshops all over the UK. I also do speeches with Nicole, the Artistic Director at many conferences.

Caroline Ward

Caroline Ward

Caroline makes durational film pieces about space and place, using film and social media to explore the impact of architecture and movement of people through urban spaces to investigate cities and sense of place.

Mandie Saw

Mandie Saw

I am a practising artist working in a wide variety of media, but especially sculpture. For the last sixteen years I have worked in the community running/facilitating workshops. I co-founded 'Artscape' an arts related group based in Petersfield for adults in the early stages of recovery from long and enduring mental health issues. I'm also involved with many other projects including 'Outside In', 'Metal Monkeys' and 'Creative Response'

David Bower

David Bower

I am Signdance Collective's artistic director, actor & film-maker, and a creator of signdance.

Sylvia Bernat

Sylvia Bernat

Syliva is a French/Spanish visual artist studying graphic identity, cities in motion and shifting landscapes through content curation, video painting, social media art and abstract photography.

Anya Ustaszewski

Anya Ustaszewski

Musician, Activist, Autistic - interviewed

Sign Dance Collective

Sign Dance Collective

Signdance Collective is an international dance theatre company based in South East England, led by Deaf and physically disabled artists. Through experimentation, performance and education work it heads the development of a pioneering art form - signdance theatre.

Stevie Rice

Stevie Rice

I'm an arts person. I work as the Director of Dada-South and I'm interested in people's different experiences of disability and creativity.

Mike Fryer

Mike Fryer

Sensations from nature provoke an emotional response from a particular motif around which I construct a painting. Nature is not slavishly copied but the sensations are submitted to the necessity of making a picture in which the compositional elements are brought into unity over the whole surface to achieve stability. The painting is a response to God’s creation in all its varied forms, its glorious colour, dynamism and vitality.

Caroline Coates

Caroline Coates

I am an illustrator and Arts Development Professional mainly interested in developing engagement with the Arts.

Gary Thomas

Gary Thomas

My name is Gary and I am an artist and film maker. My first short film was about a disabled escort, and my second film was a split screen film commissioned by DADA-South, called 'Coming Out.' I sold my 3rd short film, 'Early One Summer' to an American distribution company. Most things I do stem from my writing, (with the exceptions of painting & photography) and I have worked with disabled people within the arts since 2003.

Caroline Cardus

Caroline Cardus

Caroline Cardus is a visual artist interested in language, identity and sub-cultures. She originally trained as a painter and printmaker, and now her work covers a range of mediums including digital photography, collage, text based work and steel signage. Some of Caroline's work is about hers and others experience of disability.

StopGAP

StopGAP

StopGAP is a Surrey-based contemporary dance company comprising of dancers with and without disabilities. The company performs in theatres and at outdoor festivals, as well as leading a large range of educational outreach workshops, residencies, professional development sessions and mentoring both in the UK and across the world.

Pauline Alexander

Pauline Alexander

I am a visual artist and disability equality training consultant. I am committed to personal and professional development and the transformational, revolutional efforts this requires.

Mark Smith

Mark Smith

I was born deaf. I am a freelance dancer, teacher, actor and choreographer. I like to incorporate sign-language with dance movements, together they form a unique style of dance that I call Signdance.

Jamie Stewart

Jamie Stewart

I write shoot and edit films. I perform with Orpheus and The Freewheelers. I write songs. I also run Top Wheel...

Anjali

Anjali

Anjali Dance Company is a pioneering professional company that exists to realise and celebrate through dance the potential of people with learning disabilities.

Joel Howie

Joel Howie

Joel is a painter he prefers to work in oils on canvas but as he isn't always able to go to his studio to work he has mastered watercolours (being more practical), but in a perfect world he would choose to paint in oils on large canvases.

Liz Porter

Liz Porter

I have worked in the sector for over 15 years, as a freelance inclusive arts project manager, performance storyteller, workshop facilitator and disability arts consultant. I feel passionate about empowerment and passing on our ‘life stories’ skills knowledge and experience. When I work with story (traditional or personal) I love to explore the representation of disability. Our stories and images of ourselves enrich our lives and form a central part of the cultural fabric of the social history of Disability. They matter, and are a strong source of inspiration to me.