Disability and Leadership in the Cultural Sector

British Council in partnership with Singapore International Foundation


Disability Leadership

A British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' Lecture

by Jo Verrent

About the LECTURE

Sync, with its name actually taken from syncopation - an emphasis on a usually unemphasised beat - became the flagship programme for disabled leadership from 2008 - 2012 in the UK working with a diversity of disabled (and Deaf) people across the UK, focusing on leadership as behaviours, not just job titles. Many who passed through the programme have developed and sustained high profile careers in the arts, despite the onslaught of benefit cuts and an austere political climate.

For any nation wanting to develop diversity in arts and culture, the challenge is to develop a sector where disabled people are included and supported beyond individual flash moments so that we are not only put on show, but we get to run the show! As a result of this society changes irrevocably on the ground and disabled people become a natural part of cultural life, not hidden or placed in the margins.

This means investing in disabled people in the long term both because we have right to be included and also because our artistic contribution is striking and our position in culture indicative of that within society itself. At the end of the day - including disabled people in leadership development, it's about both syncing and swimming.

The Lecture will take place on Tuesday 22 May 2018. Registration will commence promptly at 6.00pm
Time: 6.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m.
International Involvement Hub

Pre-booking is essential and places are limited.

Dress code for the evening is business attire

Please note: All registrations are subject to availability. We reserve the right to limit and/or refuse registration without assigning any reason. We will confirm all valid registrations with a reminder email. If you do not receive a reminder email but have a valid registration please email us at education@britishcouncil.org.sg for confirmation before arriving at the venue.

Access: We welcome everyone to the lecture. The facilities are accessible for persons with disabilities and sign language interpretation will be available at the lecture.


Jo Verrent will deliver a 3 hr intermediate accessibility training workshop predominately aimed at Producers and Programmers who want to make their work more accessible. Please contact us by email education@britishcouncil.org.sg for further details.
Date: Tuesday 22 May 2018
Time: 3.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Location: International Involvement Hub

To register for the Workshop, please visit https://accesstraining.peatix.com

About Jo Verrent

Jo believes that 'different' is delicious not divergent.

A speaker, writer and activist, she creates, produces and curates art. She also intervenes in arts and culture at strategic levels with national agencies and on the ground with organisations/individuals embedding the belief that diversity adds texture, turning policy into real action.

Jo is currently senior producer for the three-year UK Unlimited Commissions programme (working with Shape and Artsadmin) for disabled artists and companies.

Her most recent video installation, Take Me To Bed, created with Luke Pell and featuring Caroline Bowditch, Robert Softley Gale, Janice Parker and Luke himself, premiered at the Dance Digital Mobilities Festival in Bedford in April 2014 and will be touring the UK in 2014/15.

Other work in the last few years, delivered in partnership with Sarah Pickthall, has included:

  • Short Circuit - fusing disabled artistry and digital acumen
  • Push Me - film-making for The Space focusing on Unlimited artists within the 2012 Cultural Olympiad
  • Sync - examining the interplay between disability and leadership in the cultural sector.

She has also written a number of articles defining the UK's Creative Case and articulating the perspective that diversity is at the heart of great art.

In 2013, Jo undertook a personal challenge to do one thing differently every day for the whole year, to push the barriers within her own practice.

Jo has won both Cosmopolitan's woman of achievement award and her village's cup for making jam.

Jo is partially deaf and has tinnitus. She uses residual hearing, lip reading and sign language.

Web: http://www.joverrent.com

About Singapore International Foundation

The Singapore International Foundation makes friends for a better world. We build enduring relationships between Singaporeans and world communities, and harness these friendships to enrich lives and effect positive change. Our work is anchored in the belief that cross-cultural interactions provide insights that strengthen understanding. These exchanges inspire action and enable collaborations for good. Our programmes bring people together to share ideas, skills and experiences in areas such as healthcare, education, the environment, arts and culture, as well as livelihood and business. We do this because we believe we all can, and should, do our part to build a better world, one we envision as peaceful, inclusive and offering opportunities for all. Find out more at www.sif.org.sg

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