Accentuate is a national programme which works in partnership with others to create groundbreaking projects which support and promote the talents of deaf and disabled people in the cultural sector.
Our three main project areas are Heritage, Public Art and Academic Research. We have been successful in securing Heritage Lottery Funding to develop a National Disability Heritage project entitled Accentuate History of Place, exploring the stories of deaf and disabled people from Medieval times to the present day in relation to the built environment.
Accentuate is also part of a team of academics, performers, artists and writers who have been awarded development funding by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to devise proposals for a £1.5millon project which could form part of their connecting communities programme. 'Alternative Futures' will investigate the ways in which disabled people express, perform, experience and practice 'community'.
Accentuate is currently devising a Public Art commissioning programme for deaf and disabled artists which will compliment our heritage work, reflecting on sites of historic importance. You can find out more about all of these projects in the Projects section of our website.
Accentuate launched in 2009 as the Paralympic inspired 2012 legacy programme for the South East supported by Legacy Trust UK and DCMS. We have a proven track record in brokering partnerships with mainstream organisations such as English Heritage and Arts Council England, alongside specialist knowledge regarding best practice supporting and developing opportunities for deaf and disabled people within the cultural sector.
Accentuate is an independent programme operating under the organisational umbrella of Screen South, a not for profit company.