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Celebrate Disabled & Neurodivergent Artists with us this Disability Pride Month

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Join us on Sat 8 Jul for Access Open Day: Creative Routes, a free all-day programme of workshops, performances and talks in our Foyer that spotlights art by disabled and neurodivergent creatives.

Young people interested in working in the arts can also learn about paths into the industry. Our In-House ArtistErin Enfys and award-winning performer and writer Tommy, known as The Queer Historian, will discuss building a career as disabled artists, while tours of Brighton Dome will lift the curtain on life backstage and venue staff will be on hand to share their experiences and answer questions.

Erin Enfys sat on the floor
'I’m excited to be interviewing my good friend Tommy (The Queer Historian) where we will discuss our respective practices, share insights into our professional artistic careers as disabled people, and most of all, connect with our local community members.'
Erin Enfys In-house artist

Elsewhere, local learning disability-led arts organisation Carousel will run a DJ and mixing workshop with DJ Kez, resident DJ at Carousel’s Blue Camel club night. Throughout the day, Artie Carden and Riley-Fynn will host a drop-in collage workshop and social enterprise charity Team Domenica’s Pop-Up Café will serve delicious, homemade sweet and savoury snacks.

The day will also see performances from Brighton-based Mango Mammals, a record label created by disabled artists for disabled artists that aims to break down boundaries in the mainstream music scene. Local poet Caz Smiling, who mixes spoken word and music, will also take to the stage, as well as Carousel Poets Charlie Hatton, a regular on the award-winning Carousel Radio show and podcast and Stuart Leaney, who writes short and sweet poems about the joyful bits of life.

Access Open Day: Creative Routes runs from 11am to 4.30pm on Sat 8 Jul in Brighton Dome’s Foyer. You are welcome to drop in at any time to enjoy the performances and crafts. Places for the talk, tours and DJ workshop can be booked on the day.

Find out more on our What’s On pages here.