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Paralympic Heritage: Stories from……. Call for Disabled Artists

The National Paralympic Heritage Trust was established in 2015 as a response to the huge success of London 2012 when it became apparent that this British history, which culminated in a significant celebration of disability sport, needed to be protected for posterity.  This is a history that spans more than 70 years.  The team now safeguards and shares a growing collection of photographs, letters, sports equipment, documents, medals and Paralympic clothing which tell the story of the Games and its origins in Buckinghamshire.

As part of their outreach and learning programme, the Trust has secured a grant from the HS2 Community Fund to engage communities and local schools to share the heritage, uncover and record the stories behind the evolution of the Paralympic Games.

As part of this the National Paralympic Heritage Trust would like to work with disabled artists, from a variety of practice backgrounds ranging from graphic designers to performance artists, to create and deliver workshops inspired by their heritage collection. Workshops will take place between June 2021 and November 2022 and we will deliver 22 separate workshops. Artists should indicate in their application, whether they would be available to deliver more than one project.

Participating Artists will be paid to:

  • share their art and story as an artist with local community groups and schools.
  • select an item, theme or story from the NPHT displays in the Heritage Centre or the National Spinal Injuries Unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital or our website, sharing the reasons for their choice
  • use the item, theme or story to inspire and deliver a workshop in collaboration with the partner schools and groups

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 31st May 2021 – download the below brief for full details on this opportunity and how to apply.

Further information on this project can be found on the National Paralympic Heritage Trust website:



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