South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

£1million National Disability Arts Collection and Archive launches

The National Disability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA), a £1-million digital archive chronicling the history of disability arts in the UK, has been launched to the public www.the-ndaca.org.


NDACA is a Heritage Lottery Fund project delivered by Shape. It chronicles the unique history of the UK Disability Arts Movement in which 'a group of disabled people and their allies broke down barriers, helped change the law and made great art and culture while doing so'. NDACA is the first archive in the world to offer a major retrospective of disabled people’s art and activism; www.the-ndaca.org is the home of a digital catalogue of 3,500 images, oral history film interviews, educational resources and animations, articles and more.


The Archive and Collection will preserve the legacy of disability arts. Researchers, heritage professionals and those interested in the UK’s cultural identity will be able to share and study a variety of ephemera about disability arts and analyse how the Disability Arts Movement impacted the campaign for disabled people’s civil rights.


Colour photograph of a group of disabled protesters outside in what looks to be a car park, with blue skies. They are holding placards with slogans on and in the foreground is a sign saying Is this a cripple-free zone?



NDACA has digitised over 3,000 deposits to tell the heritage story of disability arts; this massive collection of disabled artists’ work from 1968 to the present day covers every aspect of their creative and political journeys: extensive photographs, ephemera, theatre stills and t-shirt collections relating to the seminal moments in the struggle for disabled people’s rights.


David Hevey, Shape Arts CEO and Project Director of NDACA, explains: “This Archive tells a powerful heritage story about the Disability Arts Movement. I am proud to have led on a project that has innovatively reinterpreted the great art, culture and story of struggle produced by disabled people and their allies for so many decades.”


You can explore the digital National Disability Arts Collection and Archive now at www.the-ndaca.org.


For further information please contact Zoe Partington, NDACA Project Manager, on tel: 07803 607 008 or via email: zoe@shapearts.org.uk.


Image: 'Block Telethon' protest outside London Weekend Television (LTV) studios, 1990. Photograph attributed to Liz Crow. Part of NDACA.