Who we are
The Edward Lear Foundation is a Disability Arts (LINK: What is Disability Arts) think-tank and disability research organisation.
We were set up to create new thinking in Disability Arts. In particular, we want to create thinking that is not led by the policy-making of arts funding bodies. We feel that Disability artists should play a key part in this process.
We work to create projects (LINK: Projects) that embody this thinking. Where possible, we try to find new funding sources for these, so that we do not take money away from existing Disability Arts work.
Much of our initial work has been concerned with preserving and archiving the past achievements of disability arts. We created the Chronology of Disability Arts, a key research tool for anyone working in this area.
We have played a key role in the project to set up an archive of disability arts. This organisation, the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA) has now won funding, and we continue to maintain a close working relationship with it.
We have established working relationships with academic bodies including the Centre for Citizen Participation, Brunel University, the Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research and the Disability Studies Centre, Leeds University.
We are currently part of a team that has been shortlisted for a major grant by the Arts and Humanities Research Commission (AHRC).