What is DAiSY?
DAiSY (DAiSYfest CIC) is an umbrella organisation which promotes and celebrates the works of disabled artists and disability arts organisations in Surrey.
The organisation strives to develop the South East as the lead region in the UK for disability and deaf cultural activity, making Surrey a welcoming and accessible place for all artists to practice.
DAiSY was founded as a steering group in 2011, initially with the intention of delivering festivals that celebrated the work of its members. DAiSY delivered DAiSYfest at Leatherhead Theatre in 2013 and then at GLive in 2014 and 2016.
Since this time DAiSY has changed the way it works to create a programme of activity which happens throughout the year. The focus has also shifted to encompass advocacy and training, whilst still keeping artistic delivery and networking at the heart of its delivery.
In 2020 DAiSY became DAiSYfest CIC, incorporating as a charitable organisation. During this year DAiSY also launched its Artist Commissioning scheme.
The DAiSY Team
Callum is Programme-Coordinator for DAiSY with responsibilities for the overall running of the organisation. He fundraises and project manages the various DAiSY projects. He is currently working closely with long time collaborator Chris Pavia through the Associate Artists programme.
Laura Jones is a trustee of DAiSYfest CIC. She is a dance artist, based in South East England. As well as being Head of Talent Development at Stopgap Dance Company she is also on the board of Trustees at East London Dance and English Folk Dance and Song Society.
Viv is a trustee of DAiSY. She has great knowledge of performing arts and inclusive working, and was the founder and director of Freewheelers Theatre and Media Co.
Lizzy Luxford received her Bachelor of Arts at Portsmouth University. Since then she has worked offering freelance Creative Access Support, was Information and Training Officer at The Downs Syndrome Association and is now General Manager at Graeae Theatre Company.