Breaking down barriers: the history of the Disability Arts Movement

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National Disability Art Collection and Archive (NDACA)

National Disability Art Collection and Archive (NDACA) celebrates the work of creative people with disabilities, charting the Disability Arts Movements from the 1970s to the mid 1990s. To support the opening of a new physical space at Buckinghamshire New University in 2019, and showcase the collection of more than 3,000 pieces, Surface Impression worked closely with David Hevey and his team to create a digital archive and campaign materials for this exciting project. We captured the enthusiasm surrounding the project, and converted it into an editorial and design approach that engages audiences, is highly accessible and sustainable over the long term.

A recent article in Design Week described NDACA as “giving disabled designers and artists a voice” – something that Surface Impression has enjoyed being involved with for many years, whilst working alongside disability arts organizations such as Outside In and Disability Arts Online.