Online Networking

A series of online cultural networking sessions with a focus on disability & access providing an opportunity to learn new skills & share knowledge

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Grab a coffee and join us as we bring together artists, creatives and cultural professionals in the South West for our online networking events. The sessions focus on working with disabled artists, participants and audiences, providing opportunities to share expertise and to learn from others through their knowledge and experience.

Our next session takes place on Wednesday 24th February from 10.45am.

These special online events are an extension to our normal 'in person' networking events, and are designed to be informative, social and thought provoking.

For this networking session, we’ll be joined by Cathy Mager – an artist, curator and cultural programmer.

Cathy created Sign Night, a projection art based film for a BBC Arts Culture in Quarantine 2020 commission with The Space Arts supported by Unlimited. Sign Night is a poetic conversation in sign language between two star crossed lovers, projected onto buildings in central Bristol. The deaf performers share their dreams for the future from building to building, across the night sky. Sign Night was inspired by the balcony performers of Wuhan and Lombardy, and used British Sign Language (BSL) – the vital, visual and versatile language of British deaf communities.

Cathy also has experience of delivering monumental sculptures to intimate front room concerts across outdoor, historic buildings, museum and community settings. She collaborates and invent ambitious new ways to invite public participation.


Cathy says:

“I’m passionate about finding ways to reach excluded and isolated people and enable them to play a meaningful role in something amazing. I believe in empowering young people to be leaders, to act as the artists and architects of public events that inspire new understanding of heritage and culture.”

You can find out more about Cathy prior to the event by visiting her website

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This event will be BSL interpreted.

These networking events are delivered in partnership with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery. They are part of CEDA’s Outlook Project funded by Arts Council England and made possible by the National lottery.

Friday 25 Sept – 2.45 for 3pm start

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September will see, Conor Magee and Lisa Hudson, writers and directors of When the wheels Come Off, talk about this CEDA drama project with Exeter Northcott Theatre.

The CEDA drama group is a company of actors who use performing skills to tell their stories of life and disability. The content of their work is developed in a workshop setting before final scripting and performing, and deals with the trials and frustrations, the victories and challenges of everyday life.

When the wheels Come Off is the result of a collaboration between CEDA and Exeter Northcott Theatre. The purpose of this partnership is to provide opportunities with disabled artists to perform in theatre settings and to improve access for both disabled audiences and disabled artists. Exeter Northcott Theatre, built into the side of a hill on the University campus, is keen to address the challenges that this presents; and not just physical access – it’s about accessibility of programme as well as the very culture and ethos of the organisation.

This project is a development of an earlier project, Don’t Push Me Around, which was performed at the Theatre in June 2019.

When the Wheels Come Off was begun before Covid 19 and lockdown, with the expectation that the finished piece would be performed at the Northcott.

This of course meant that we had to revise our plans. We kept as much of our early material as possible, and reimagined the piece in lockdown, with dialogue, courtesy of a platform, something like zoom. What soon emerged were issues like the “invisibility” of the disabled community, and that for some, isolation was not a novel experience, and what do phrases like “We’re all in this together!” really mean? The play looks forward optimistically to a new “normal” after lockdown.


Wednesday 28 Oct– 10.45 for 11am start




Past Events

Wednesday 26 Aug- 10.45 for an 11am start

Helen Hartstein is Head of Audience Development at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) in Exeter. RAMM is committed to making the museum a place of wonder for everyone, through its stunning permanent galleries, and its varied programme of events and engagement activities.

The museum is currently closed due to Covid19 and RAMM’s team is taking the opportunity to review and reimagine its future engagement activities. In this session, Helen will give an overview of the museum’s audience development strategy and some recent projects it has been working on together with disabled people. She will discuss the role of the museum in the city’s recovery, post-Covid19, and lead a discussion about the “new normal”, focusing on the opportunities and challenges for museums in this new world.


Friday 31 July – 2.45 for a 3pm start

Painter Angela Charles (Blackwell) will share the challenging process of opening up to a critical peer network about sight loss as a visual artist.

Painter Angela Charles (Blackwell) will talk about ‘coming out’ as a blind painter. She will share the challenging process of opening up about sight loss as a visual artist and curator. She will also talk about her changing experience of accessibility at venues with increasing sight loss.


Wednesday 24 June – 10.45 for 11am start

Visual artist Amanda Lynch will talk about her new project to create collages in response to the disembodied sounds she hears from her lockdown garden.

This event will be BSL interpreted by Clare Seal. Further info and booking