After running the scheme initially as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad (and commissioning, among other pieces, Stumble danceCircus' Box of Frogs), Arts Council England have given a three-year extension to Unlimited, a commissioning and support programme for disabled artists.
The scheme has two strands – the Unlimited Commissions and the Unlimited Research and Development Awards. The commissions are for finished works, or works that are at an advanced state of research and development, and provide £20,000 - £80,000. Research and development awards are for newly developed projects and are expected to be around £5000 each.
Applications are invited from England- and Scotland-based disabled artists and companies with a strong track record in their artistic field. Professional, established disabled artists and companies that support disabled-led work across all art-forms are encouraged to apply. The producers of Unlimited use 'an inclusive definition of disability, based on the Social Model approach, which, by focusing on the disabling barriers imposed by society, embraces all physical, sensory and hidden impairments, learning disability, mental health and fatigue conditions'.
For more information see the Unlimited website. Deadline for applications is 17 February 2014. Another call for proposals, focusing on commissioning new works, will be announced in November 2014.