Why are you interested in the project?

I’m interested in anything that supports disabled artists. We work in an ecology where different projects, initiatives and developments must work together so that others can best benefit.

 

 

Three examples of past work

Take Me to Bed

Take Me To Bed is an installation and an invitation. Come closer, be curious, to be with the dances of these particular bodies.

Take Me To Bed is a new work from Luke Pell and Jo Verrent, created in collaboration with artist performers Caroline Bowditch, Janice Parker, Robert Softley Gale and video artist Mark Morreau, Take Me To Bed explores the dis/comfort of audiences to bodies that are different.

Created in 2013 whilst Luke Pell and Jo Verrent were Associate Artists with Dance Digital. Research supported by a Blank Canvas Residency from Firkin Crane Cork, Arts Council England and production supported by Arts Council England and Summerhall, Edinburgh.

Take Me To Bed has been presented at Mobilities Festival, Bedford 2014, Unlimited Festival, Southbank 2014, Aberdeen Art Gallery for Dance Live 2014 and was winner of the Light Moves Screen Dance Festival, Limerick Prize for Best Overall Work in 2014.

Take Me to Bed - Photo by Mark Morreau

Take Me to Bed – Photo by Mark Morreau

 

 

Short Circuit

Short Circuit

Short Circuit is all about the art not the access – the aim is to design an accessible process for artists to explore the potential of digital rather than a process for artists to explore the accessibility potential of digital. It’s a process that is about exploration, play and learning, not focused only on output/creation, although that might be a by-product

 

 

UNLIMITED

Unlimited

My main current role now is as senior producer for UNLIMITED – http://weareunlimited.org.uk/. Unlimited aims to embed work by disabled artists within the UK cultural sector, reach new audiences and shift perceptions of disabled people. We work strategically with partners to deepen Unlimited’s impact across the UK and internationally, creating new projects, developing new resources to make programmes and marketing more accessible. We also support young disabled artists at the start of their careers.

 

 

Your CV / Biography

Please find this linked below.

 

 

Website

www.joverrent.com, and for UNLIMITED: http://weareunlimited.org.uk and  http://www.unlimitedimpact.org.uk

 

 

How do you use technology in your work?

I was Nesta’s accessibility champion last year – loads of examples of that here:

http://www.nesta.org.uk/publications/making-digital-work-accessibility

http://www.unlimitedimpact.org.uk/nesta-making-digital-work-conference-2015/

http://artsdigitalrnd.org.uk/features/accessibility-video/

 

 

Tell us more about technology you use

For administration we use – Skype, Trello, Teuxdeux etc.

For Deafness – I wear a Bone Anchored Hearing system http://www.oticonmedical.com/Medical/OurProducts/The%20Ponto%20System/what-is-ponto.aspx#.VsHM-JOLSRs so plug computers etc into my head through an abutment fixing

For art and filming – we ran UNFIXED with Australian Network for Art and Technology last oct for 2 weeks for 5 uk and 5 australian disabled artists – http://www.anat.org.au/unfixed/



Project Manager: Gemma Holsgrove

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Project Researcher: Will Sidebottom

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Project Co-ordinator: Debbie Flory

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Project Researcher: Will Sidebottom


Will is a singer-songwriter aspiring to be a Music Therapist, currently a Workshop Leader for Chiltern Music Therapy, a not-for-profit organisation that provides music therapy services to people of all ages and many different needs. Will is also a volunteer for Deafax, a charity that develops solutions and opportunities for deaf people, in order to empower and enhance their lives.

Will studied Bmus Commercial Music Performance at the University of Westminster, graduating in 2015
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Project Co-ordinator: Debbie Flory


Debbie joined Decibels in October 2014 and spends her time helping out with the day-to-day administration of the office as well as assisting with researching and sending out funding applications and co-ordinating the current projects. Prior to this, Debbie worked for many years in the Financial Services Sector starting as a member of the New Business Team and ending her career as Executive Assistant to the CEO & Sales Director. She was then approached by an ex-work colleague who was volunteering at Deafax, a charity for the deaf, to see if she would be interested in supporting them on their “admin side of things” – Debbie is still there 11 years later! Hobbies include travelling, cooking, reading and spending time with family and friends.
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