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7 Emerging Artists working to Breakdown Barriers


What it is really like to build a creative career as disabled, neurodiverse and barrier-facing individuals in the arts? What radical approaches, cultural ideas, business models and dynamic strategies can be employed in order to sustain a career and break through the barriers within the creative industries? ⁠

Autograph has teamed up with Shape Arts on the Transforming Leadership project, working with seven artists to develop their practice and creative careers – and break down barriers in the arts.

Each artist on the programme has been paired with a mentor, to support their specific skills, interests and aspirations. The programme has provided the artists with a peer network to draw on, to share skills and experiences, and support one another through the difficulties of lockdown and beyond.

We’ll be sharing updates throughout the project so keep your eyes peeled on our website. Head over to our blog to read more about the artists involved and see some of the artwork they’re creating.

Part of Shape’s Transforming Leadership programme, on which Autograph is proud to be a key partner.


Autograph is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

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