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Friday 30 March 2012

Arts Organisations To Go For 'Gold' As Part Of 2012 Cultural Celebrations In Sussex

Artists with learning disabilities are set to premiere Gold Run, a major new collaborative arts production to be staged at Glyndebourne.

Gold Run illustrates the power and passion of the Paralympics, inspired by learning-disabled Paralympic athletes inclusion and subsequent 12 year ban, which comes to an end at the London 2012 Paralympic games.

The production features a chorus of singing fictional athletes who passionately relay the highs and lows of this compelling Paralympic story.

Specially commissioned films are projected onto screens to illustrate the fast paced sporting action and artistically, the cast and creative team behind the project include disabled artists working alongside non-disabled individuals.

It is the creative response to this controversial history – communicating a powerful story through compelling film, music and visual art.

The project brings together learning-disabled and non-traditional artists in the creation of a bold, multi-genre performance.

This creative production incorporates a 30-strong choir, original films and one giant sculptural head – designed and created by artist James Lake.



Sally Abbott, Regional Director, Arts Council England, said,

"Arts Council England are delighted to support Gold Run, a production which has been devised and delivered by three of our National portfolio organisations - Pallant House Gallery, Glyndebourne and Carousel - and which will tour to two more, Brighton Festival and Chichester Festival Theatre, before the year is out.

"With the South East as the home of the Paralympics, it's great news that a collaborative, multi-art form project like this exists, articulating the fascinating story of the Paralympic Games through artistic practice and by such talented people.

"It's great news that it will be performed this summer as part of the South East's 2012 celebrations and I look forward to seeing the final production and congratulate all involved for producing something which brings such a fascinating story to life in such an imaginative way."


This new production of Gold Run is an original commission created and presented by The Carousel Singers (conducted by James Redwood), Oska Bright filmmakers; Matthew Hellett and Sarah Watson and Outside In artist James Lake.

These captivating artists are supported by learning-disabled, marginalised and non-learning disabled artists from across the South East and beyond.

The production will then tour to the Brighton Festival and other arts venues this summer.



Gold Run - is a collaboration between Glyndebourne’s education department and is produced and delivered in conjunction with renowned disability arts organisation, Carousel, and Pallant House Gallery.

All three organisations are Arts Council England National portfolio organisations and the project was made possible through a Grants for the Arts grant of over £55,000.

The final piece will also be performed live at The CornExchange, Brighton Dome (21 May 2012) and The Gold Run choir and The Carousel Singers,will be singing the Cultural Olympiad Boat Project yacht out from the BrightonMarina as it departs for its next stop, Portsmouthon 27 May.

The singers will also feature in the Brightonand Hove Olympic Torch relay celebration on 16 July. Both events will featuremusic from Gold Run. 

Gold Run @ Glyndebourne on Sunday 1st April.


by: Mike Cobley


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