Project 20 - Salamanda Tandem


Project 20 – The 12 Provocations

Project 20 looks in forensic detail at the tricky subject of ‘quality’ in the field of  ‘participatory arts’ – in particular we will be exploring the way in which profoundly disabled people are engaged.


One of the ways in which we will be doing this is via a series of 12 Provocations conducted over the next year. Each ‘provocation‘ will present an idea that could stimulate deep thinking on aesthetic and ethical practice in the field and an invitation for you to join the debate. We will post a ‘Provocation’ which will be conducted via salamanda tandem’s blog and and via the EMPAF website forum and would like to invite you to join in.

We invite you to contribute any thoughts, questions or solutions in conversation with us at:


Comments and contributions will be collated and credited, and the final ‘12 Provocations‘ will form a publication, which we hope to publish in 2012.

Project 20 – Seminars and Training Courses 

Project 20 also involves a number of seminars and training events some of which are both targeted to specific groups and some of which are open to everyone. Look out for events on the notice board of this web site.

Seminars and training events we're run so far include:

  • Nottingham Contemporary 15th Nov (free event – book with Fergus Brazil: (East Midlands School of Social Entrepreneurs)
  • Lincolnshire Dance – 23rd September, 14th October and 18th November (Targeted Training Course in dance and Disabled Children)
  • AUTISM AND THERAPY, A One Day Conference – 24th November, Glasgow (more information and bookings via The Scottish Society of Autism at

  • Plymouth University Dance Department – 25th November ( Targeted Event)
  • De’ Montfort University Dance Department Leicester – 29th November  – Lecture ( Targeted Event)
  • Rufford Crafts Centre Learning Centre – 3rd December 4 – 5.30pm (Living Room play session open for Nottingham/shire practitioners)


Project 20  – Participatory events and Site Specific performances for learning disabled people and friends

  • Living Room – residency January Rufford Arts Centre Art Gallery and Seminar Room
  • The Water Tower exhibition and residency in partnership with Rosalind Stoddart
  • Living Room 3 day event - Humberstone Special School Grimsby
  • Work and Play - weekly project in Telford
  • Site Dances at; New Art Exchange, Derby Quad and Nottingham Contemporary 


Thank you Project 20 – Funding and Partners

Project 20 is supported financially by Arts Council England (East Midlands),  National Lottery through arts Council England and Nottinghamshire County Council


Salamanda Tandem launched Project 20 in October 2009 at the EMPAF Participatory Arts conference – Passion, Partnerships and Empowering People which was held at Derby QUAD


Partners supporting Project 20 are: EMPAF ( East Midlands Participatory Arts Forum), the Foundation For Community Dance, New Art Exchange, Derby Quad, Nottingham Contemporary, Embrace Arts, Lincoln Centre For Performing Arts, EMARAN ( East Midlands Arts in Rural Areas Network), Leeds University – Department of Performance and Culture, EM School of Social Entrepreneurs, Nottinghamshire County Council, County Council Cultural Services – Diversity and Inclusion, Lincolnshire Dance, The Water Tower (Rosalind Stoddart), Arts Council East Midlands,  and Arty Party – the Work and Play Project,


Image: salamanda tandem, Dancer: Faith, Design: Richard Hughes, Photo: Geoffrey Fielding



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Salamanda Tandem 4th Partner in major EU Project

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Past Events

Sat 20th April, 2013

FRAGILE? Symposium

FRAGILE? Symposium

20th April to 21st April 2013

FRAGILE? / Symposium Dance, Arts & Visual Impairment TALLINN UNIVERSITY, Estonia 20 - 21 April 2013 Read More »


Tue 17th January, 2012 @ 8:38pm by MAINSTREAM PARTNERSHIP

Mainstream Partnership Spring Training & Networking Events
18 Jan - Successful Freelancing [Derby]
31 Jan - The Creative Case Seminar [Leicester] - Free event booking essential
7 Feb - Social Media for Creatives [Nottingham]
6 Mar - How Creatives can engage with the public sector {Leicester]
For more info and to book:

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