HouseFound Symposium is a new conference on disability arts and access produced in collaboration with our Artistic Associate Katie Walters and Radical Body. The conference is aimed towards people working in the performance and visual arts sector who can embed change within their organisations.

The event will be in two parts; a series of four panel discussions during the day, and three performances in the evening. The goal of the symposium is to engage arts leaders on how best to work with creatives who struggle to leave their homes, and demonstrate the quality of art that people can produce when given the opportunity to perform or showcase work from home.

The evening will be a hybrid digital and livestreamed event. Selected artists will perform to a camera in their homes, with their performance footage streamed and projected into a physical space at LEVEL Centre for a small in-person audience. This is to act as a proof of concept for how to run an event for performers who struggle to leave the home that Symposium guests can experience together and use as a model for running their own events in the future.

HouseFound Symposium

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Format of the Day

The event will be in two parts; a series of four panel discussions during the day, and three performances in the evening. 

The evening will be a hybrid digital and livestreamed event. Selected artists will perform to a camera in their homes, with their performance footage streamed and projected into a physical space at LEVEL Centre for a small in-person audience.  

Tickets

Attend online:

Tickets to attend HouseFound online are FREE and available through Eventbrite.

Attend in person:

We are offering a small number of  in person tickets for the symposium so that you can experience how this hybrid format might work for your own events. There is a small charge of £25pp for the day to cover refreshments and hosting.

Artist Call Out

What are we looking for?
We are looking for compelling new performances from disabled creatives who have faced barriers in their career due to a difficulty in leaving the home.

Performances should be about 10-15 minutes in length, and can be in any art form, on any theme.

Your idea might be something you’ve been thinking about or working on for a while, but not had the time to explore fully. It may be a proof of concept or extract from a larger work. You should have an idea of where you would like to take the performance in the future, and how sharing the work in its current form would be beneficial to that goal.

What do we mean by ‘difficulty leaving the home?’

There are a variety of reasons that someone might struggle to leave the home. These include, but are not limited to: energy limiting conditions such as ME/CFS or EDS; mental illnesses such as agoraphobia or anxiety; developmental disabilities such as autism, PDA, or learning disabilities; being immunocompromised or immunosuppressed.

You may also struggle to leave the house because of structural barriers, including inaccessible housing, inaccessible public transport, a lack of support that would facilitate leaving the house (e.g: having nobody to push your wheelchair or help you plan or prepare for a journey). If you are unsure whether or not you “count” as someone who struggles to leave the house, it’s likely that you do.

We define disability as having a mental or physical impairment, condition, or illness that has a substantial and long term effect on your ability to do normal daily activities. Applicants do not have to identify with the label “disabled” to participate, but should be aware that we will be using the word in advertising this event.

You do not need to have a formal diagnosis to apply.

Download the application pack.

Deadline for applications:
Tuesday 4 January 2022