Deaf and Disability Arts Awards – 3 Dec 08

Support from all quarters for disability arts awards

An awards ceremony celebrating the best of Deaf and Disability Arts has received pledges of support from all quarters.

Photographer Mike McCartney, Council Leader Warren Bradley and disability arts writer and performer Mat Fraser have all spoken out about the NWDAF-organised awards, which will be presented on International Disabled Peoples’ Day, December 3rd.

Mat Fraser said: “Deaf and Disability Arts are a vibrant and vital part of Britain’s cultural landscape, and the DaDaFest Awards are a brilliant way to both value, respect and thank the artists, performers, photographers, painters, choreographers, comedians, strippers, poets, and play writers, in other words, the luminaries in their respective arts fields, who are brining our unique perspectives and exciting reinventions of what is and isn’t possible for disabled artists, to the mainstream arts community, and therefore the world at large. It’s a way of showing how we celebrate the highly professional level of skill and scintillating work that the winners have produced, much of which has been commissioned by NWDAF themselves.”

The ceremony will take place at Liverpool’s fantastic Arena and Convention Centre on the Mersey Waterfron with a dinner and auction of exciting cultural items from both disabled and non-disabled artists, as well as top-notch performances.

NWDAF patron, photographer Mike McCartney, said: “I’m really looking forward to attending this year’s awards, where the standard of award nominees is consistently going up. The entertainment line up looks impressive in a great venue like the new ACC so it’s a case of getting your tickets quick so you don’t miss out… and don’t forget, be there or be square!”


Awards are being presented in the following categories: Emerging Artist; Emerging Group or Company; Visual Artist; Performance Artist; Community Arts Award; Writers Award; New Media Award; Music Award, plus a special Lifetime Achievement Award.

There is only a short time to vote for your favourite Deaf or Disabled artists. Simply visit or call 0151 707 1733 for more information. Tickets for the award ceremony are now on sale, please call 0844 8000 400 or visit