Cultivating spaces for extraordinary artists


INSIDE is a Disability Arts commissioning programme led by DASH with funding from Arts Council England.  DASH has been an instigator and initiator of the commissioning of new work by Disabled visual artists within mainstream galleries since 2008, enabling Disabled artists to create new work and collaborate with new institutions.In collaboration, we seek to commission work by leading national and international disabled artists, examining the way in which diversity is an intrinsic part of the creative process and enabling these artists and venues to transcend barriers

  • Juan delGado exhibited 'Altered Landscapes' from June - August 2017 at New Art Exchange, Nottingham. There will be chance to see the exhibition again at Attenborough Arts Centre from 6 January 2018. Find out more about his work HERE
  • Daniel Regan and Antonia Attwood exhibited their work at FORMAT Festival in March 2017. Find out more about their project 'Be Here, Now' on their dedicated blog HERE.

New Art Exchange Commission: Juan delGado

Altered Landscapes is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by the Spanish Embassy Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs in London.

Altered Landscapes is an immersive multimedia installation which traces a personal narrative through the scarred vistas of Europe in the midst of the largest mass migration in living memory.

For this exhibition delGado travelled to Greece, Macedonia and Calais to record the journeys taken by refugees. delGado has not filmed these 'invisible' people but the places they have passed through and the traces of their existence they have left. In place of the images proliferated by the media delGado presents fragments of experiences and fleeting moments that tell the human story of people caught in the unfolding sweep of history. 

Through the use of video, photography, light and sound, Altered Landscapes takes the viewer on a journey. The viewer navigates the different elements in the gallery space absorbing the experiences of the refugees and witnessing the reshaping of the continent as Europe's horizons fill up with the authoritarian towers of a new militarised border control.

"The INSIDE funding has provided us with a valuable opportunity to work with Juan delGado a London based artist with hearing impairment who explores themes of trauma, disability and dislocation. The fund has enabled us to co-commission his new film, Altered Landscapes, which was launched at NAE in June 2017. In this project delGado continues his enquiry into personal narratives and the restrictions on movement, focusing on the ongoing influx of displaced people crossing from Turkey into Greece and Macedonia.

As well as the financial support working with DASH has also provided us with a great opportunity to enhance our knowledge and skills in terms of working with disabled artists and audiences.  Helping us to further grow our access programme aimed at engaging diverse audiences with different abilities. Therefore, bringing us closer to our ambition to share our passion for the visual arts and our exhibitions and events with as many as people as possible."

Armindokht Shooshtari - Producer – Touring & Creative Programmes.


QUAD Commission: Daniel Regan and Antonia Attwood

Artists Daniel Regan & Antonia Attwood were commissioned to make new work relating to themes of mental wellbeing and safe spaces.

This new commission, focused on supporting disabled artists, is a collaboration between QUAD and D-Lab in partnership with LEVEL and Junction Arts, supported by funding from DASH.

Regan & Attwood were in residence at QUAD throughout the latter part of 2016, producing new work that touches upon the broad theme of 'Habitat'. taking the form of still and moving image works, with digitally driven additional works. The work was included within the QUAD programme during FORMAT17, and is now on the D-Lab website.