South East: Accentuate

Accentuate has been a pioneering and transformational programme of 15 projects, all of which have been inspired by the unique heritage of Stoke Mandeville as the birthplace of the Paralympic movement. It has a national ambition to change the perception of disabled people and to create a real cultural shift in attitudes to disability. 

This ambition will continue in 2013 through additional funding from Legacy Trust UK. Click here to find out more.

For more information about Accentuate visit the website, or click on the links below to find out about individual projects.

Starting LineStarting Line (Kay Young Photography)

The programme was made up of fifteen projects
•    Gaming! An interactive gaming project based on wheelchair basketball
•    Realise! Developing the entrepreneurial skills of young disabled people
•    Campaign! International collaboration between disabled young people
•    Collaborations! Collaborations between disabled artists and athletes
•    Playground to Podium - Ensuring disabled young people can excel in sport.
•    uScreen - An online film resource for young disabled and Deaf people
•    Destination Zones - A series of audits and related training in the South East
•    Creative Landscapes - Commissioned disabled artists to explore the historic environment and increased access to Heritage Open Days 
•    Sync South East - Professional development for artists and organisations
•    Up-stream -  Raised the profile of Deaf and disabled artists
•    Go Public - Opportunities for disabled and Deaf artists and groups
•    Major Events - Attracted world renowned disability sporting events
•    The Mandeville Legacy - Improved access to Stoke Mandeville’s archives
•    Celebrate and Commission - Ensured that the celebrations of the Cultural Olympiad were as accessible and inclusive as possible

Delivered by Creative Junction, Gaming! set out to create an interactive online game inspired by the Paralympics. Creative & Media Diploma staff and students at Chalfonts Community College (Bucks) worked with Stoke Mandeville Stadium and industry experts to create ‘Wheels of Glory’, an interactive game based on wheelchair basketball. The project succeeded in engaging young disabled people to work in the game’s production. The game raises players’ awareness of the physical and psychological strength required by Paralympians, as well as some of the barriers that disabled athletes must overcome in order to compete at a world-class level.
You can play ‘Wheels of Glory’ online here or on the Accentuate website. The popular games has been developed into an app for iPhone and Android.

Realise! supported the development of entrepreneurial skills of young disabled people in the South East through a range workshops, competitions and work-placements.
Realise! has created a legacy of improved representation and opportunities for young disabled people in business and enterprise. The Readipop group gained practical experience of the music industry by taking part in several sessions, culminating in the delivery of two highly successful music nights at studios in Reading. Furthermore, a new partnership between Ways Into Work (an employment and training service) and Readipop worked towards securing 16 meaningful work experience placements with local businesses, including radio stations, music festivals and international corporations like O2 and Fujitsu.
For more information visit the Realise! webpage.

Campaign! brought together disabled young people in the South East with those from competitor countries. Delivered by Creative Junction, the project addressed the need to provide equity of access to ideas as well as physical access. Campaign! engaged around 300 young people to deliver 11 campaigns, and was supported by Parliamentary Outreach. Artists helped the young people to express their ideas through film, animation, theatre, dance and art. The work was then shared with MPs, schools, libraries, and shopping centres. These campaigns will have a lasting impact on opportunities for and attitudes towards young disabled people in the South East and around the world.
For more information visit the Creative Junction website.

Delivered by Creative Junction as part of Create, Compete and Collaborate, this groundbreaking initiative gave young people in the South East the chance to work on a project with a young person from another Olympic country. Collaborations! sought to promote the Olympic values of ‘excellence, respect and friendship’, broadening the international outlook of young people and  encouraging openness, understanding and cooperation.
Collaborations! merged with Celebrate and Commission to create the biggest Accentuate commission to date: Starting Line.  More than 100 disabled and non-disabled young people engaged with artist-led workshops taking place in the UK, USA and South Africa and online reaching communities as far as Cambodia, Brazil, and Australia. Artist-led work also took place in Stoke Mandeville Spinal Injury Unit with adults and young people who had recently become disabled.
For more information about Starting Line visit the website.

Playground to Podium
The Playground to Podium Extension Fund was delivered by the English Federation of Disability Sports, as a national initiative ensuring that disabled young people in the South East had the opportunity not only to participate but to excel in sport through high class coaching. The six main sports were athletics, boccia, football, swimming, table tennis and wheelchair basketball.
The fund enabled 53 athletes to gain a £1,000 bursary to assist with training and competition expenses. 21 club development awards of up to £5,000 supported the delivery of disability sport. 200 coaches and volunteers received training through 23 workforce development awards of up to £2,000. This included coaching and officials courses as well as disability awareness training.
For more information about this project visit the website

SPUN ProductionsSPUN Production (StopGAP Theatre)

uScreen set out to give young, deaf and disabled people a voice in our digital online world. The uScreen website pioneered ground-breaking technology to allow young deaf and disabled people to express their thoughts through film-making. As well as free accessible group editing and storyboarding tools, uScreen provides British Sign Language, subtitles, visual captioning and audio description, enabling everyone to enjoy the films.
Led by Screen South, uScreen was launched with a programme of live workshops and screenings alongside training and professional mentoring opportunities and a range of online sessions.
The site was championed by comedian Stephen Fry and subsequently won 'The Interactive Media Award 2011' at the AMI [Ability Media International] awards. It also reached the semi-finals of the Best Arts Project at the 2011 National Lottery Awards.
Accentuate will further invest in an extension project to uScreen called Accentuate Young Voices.  This will ensure deaf and disabled young people have a voice and continue to inform what Accentuate does.  uScreen will provide a platform for young people to make films based on the theme of change.

Destination Zones
Led by Tourism South East, Destination Zones has provided access audits and “Welcome All” training to destinations keen to improve their offer for disabled visitors across the South East region. 
Through this project, Accentuate and Tourism South East have sought to promote best practice around making destinations more accessible. Toolkits have been commissioned to show how to involve deaf and disabled people in the access audit process, and offering advice and skills about how destinations can undertake their own access audits.  Both of these toolkits are available on the Resources section on the Accentuate website.

Creative Landscapes
Established by English Heritage, Creative Landscapes worked with disabled people to find accessible and creative approaches to exploring and sharing our heritage. Working with the national Heritage Open Days programme, the project developed accessible programmes and worked with disabled artists and arts organisations to find approaches to exploring heritage.
The project established a new Heritage Open Days programme in Hastings & St Leonards and helped develop the existing programme in Gosport. These programmes have worked with Deaf and disabled people from the start, planning accessible events, producing resources and providing training.

Creative Landscapes will be further developed during the transition year and become Accentuate Heritage which will offer a range of National Training Days alongside developing a Heritage project which specifically looks at disabled people’s heritage in connection to historic buildings which have some significance to Deaf and disabled people.
For more information contact Accentuate.

Sync South East
Part of the national Sync programme, Sync SE was designed to support deaf and disabled people and disability arts organisations in the South East. The artistic and creative communities of the South East were able to access an established programme tailored to their needs. The lead partner was Arts Council England and the project was delivered by Ada Inc and Cusp Inc.
Sync SE provided valuable knowledge to organisations wishing to involve disabled artists and disability arts organisations in their work. It also provided useful resources on how to include and involve disabled people from a grassroots to a strategic level. You can find out more about the projects from the Sync South East website.

Disabled British Open

Up-Stream showcased contemporary live and visual artworks made by 10 disabled and deaf artists at Brighton Festival 2011. The public event also aimed to target curators, commissioners and programmers, inviting them to see work by disabled and deaf people.
Despite a thriving and vibrant Disability and Deaf Arts sector, the talents of many disabled and Deaf artists have remained relatively hidden from the wider public view. Up-Stream showcased a programme that demonstrated the confidence and competence that prevails within the disability and cultural sector, providing great quality arts to intrigue, inspire and captivate them.
For more information about this project visit the website

Go Public
Go Public was a two year initiative, delivered in partnership with Arts Council England. The programme commissioned three public realm projects led by disabled and deaf artists. It provided a purposeful skills development plan, along with support and guidance. Go Public took its lead from artists, recognising that the experience of disability can change and that individuals engage with their experience in different ways.
The project also ran open programme of workshops and networking seminars to bring together disabled and Deaf artists, stakeholders, commissioners, clients and funders. These events provided opportunities to share knowledge, expertise and build a network in the South East.
Find out more about the artists selected on the website.

Major Events
This project was led by Tourism South East and aimed to attract world class sporting events to the region including the Disabled British Open (DBO) Golf Championship and IPC Shooting World Cup. The inaugural DBO Golf Championship took place in August 2009 and was the first truly pan-disability golf event in the UK. It now attracts competitors from all over the world leaving a lasting legacy within the region for future generations.
The DBO Golf Championship is helping create a ‘bridge’ between the major golf organisations and disabled golfers. A Junior Open was established in 2011 which has proved equally successful. Media coverage for the DBO was substantial from the start, and the tournament is now shown around the world on Sky Sports TV.
A new company “Remarkable Events” has been set up to continue to deliver the DBO, beyond Accentuate funding.
For more information visit the Major Event webpage.

Mandeville Legacy
Mandeville Legacy showcased the pioneering work of Sir Ludwig Guttmann at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Dr Guttmann revolutionised the treatment and life chances for paraplegics and dreamt of a worldwide sports competition for people with disabilities which would be 'the equivalent of the Olympic Games'. He organised the first ‘Stoke Mandeville Games’ to coincide with the start of the London Olympics in 1948.
The project ensured that Stoke Mandeville’s role as the birthplace of the Paralympic movement is recognised. It has recorded the histories of many Paralympic athletes and improved access to Stoke Mandeville’s historic archives. Working with a range of disabled artists and school and community groups, the impact of the Paralympic movement has been explored and brought to light for all to see.
For more information visit the Mandeville Legacy website.

Celebrate and Commission
Set up to ensure a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games these projects enabled Accentuate to commission new works, networking and professional development opportunities which ensured equity of access throughout the Cultural Olympiad.
Projects included an Independent Street Arts Network (ISAN) toolkit, a new carnival entitled Blue Touch Paper, a new outdoor dance theatre piece by StopGAP Theatre and a new way of looking at recording and evaluating the Accentuate journey led by artist-in-residence Jon Adams. This explored the key milestones of the programme through Look About, a National touring exhibition.  Accentuate also commissioned a large scale piece of outdoor performance entitled Starting Line, which premiered at the Paraylmpic Torch Celebrations in Aylesbury.