ARTS & CULTURE PROJECTS
We are thrilled to have Arts Council Funding for disabled arts projects in Oxford.
Until winter 2018/19 we are working on delivering an extensive programme of opportunities for arts training, participation and performance for disabled young people in Oxford using the Cowley Road Carnival as the key catalyst and platform.
The work aims to address the lack of training and career opportunities for disabled artists in Oxfordshire and sees Cowley Road Works working in a major new partnership with the Ark T centre in Cowley. Ark T has already successfully run the disability arts ROAR festival for two years.
For Carnival 2018, Ark T and CRW collaborated with an impressive group of local, national and international arts partners including: New Carnival Company (supported by Unlimited), Embaixadores de Alegria (the world’s biggest carnival project with disabled people), mental health charity MIND, the University of Oxford’s Pembroke College, Cyc Du Soleil (Steve Larkin), Sol Samba, Pegasus Theatre, Mizeke Afropean Singers, DADAfest, Gloucester Carnival.
You will get to see the results of our work over the coming months. We started with the ROARSomes performing maracatu at Common People, at Carnival itself, the ROAR Festival at ARK T in the autumn and exhibitions of work at Pembroke College Art Gallery.
In 2017 and 2018 we partnered with Oxford Street Art Collective and artist Mani, Cowley Road Works have been delivering new street art projects to brighten and enlighten the Cowley Road. Jonny and the Oxford Street Art Collective have created two, celebrating the iconic Radcliffe Camera and another celebrating science in Oxford,
Mani, who produced a piece featuring Horns of Plenty just prior to Carnival 2017 has just completed another featuring a poem by Steve Larkin on the corner of Randolph Street. .