Inclusive Disability Arts

Building on our work over the last year, we are delighted to have a grant form be Arts Council England to drive forward inclusion in the Arts over a nine- month programme of work.

We are partnering with the ARK T Centre in Cowley to help train and increase the skills and opportunities for young disabled people to work within the Arts. The funding will support access, development, training and performance in visual and carnival art, performance and dance.

There is an urgent need to improve the opportunities for disabled people to get involved and progress in the Arts and we are absolutely determined to do this.

“Our ROCKET carnival arts training scheme is providing training for a group of 10 young aspiring artists and help develop their ability and skills as carnival practitioners.

These young artists are being supported as they are training and are working on five commissions and tour performances which started with the Cowley Road Carnival and then to other major national arts festivals including Gloucester Carnival.


The funding has also helped:

  • Support costume and movement workshops for two SEN school groups – Mabel Prichard school and Virtual School for Looked after Children leading to their participation in the Cosmic Cowley Road Carnival procession on 7 July.
  • Thirty young female BAME musicians with the Young Women’s Music Project ‘Team Drum’ (an Oxford-based all-female drum troupe) to work with local designers and make costumes, write and learn five new processional songs for performances at Carnival and other regional festivals.
  • Commission an inclusive dance performance from two local dance companies, Body Politic and Parasol Dance who will be performing in the Disco area with the Arcadia bug sound system on Carnival Day.


Cowley Road Carnival is accessible

CRW worked with consultants Attitude is Everything to ensure that the event is as accessible as possible for disabled and Deaf audiences and performers. Staff and volunteers are being trained, signage and marketing improved and access to stages and activities on the day.

This project builds on the foundations of another ACE funded project in 2018 that was designed to drive and amplify the representation and participation of disabled people in the arts in Oxfordshire,

For further information on Cowley Road Carnival see

Planet Inclusivity in the making