Graeae Artistic Director Jenny Sealey was awarded the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award at the annual ceremony, held at the Southbank Centre on 21 November
Jenny won the Arts Award in recognition of her work with Deaf and disabled artists throughout her career. Jenny's professional career began in 1986 when she was a founder of Common Ground Sign Dance Company and she became artistic director of Graeae (the UK's original disabled-led theatre company) in 1997. In 2012 Jenny co-directed the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony with Bradley Hemmings.
The civil liberties and human rights organisation, Liberty, presents the Human Rights Awards to recognise and encourage individuals and organisations whose work is dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of others. The nominees have made significant contributions on the frontline of human rights issues.
Earlier this month Jenny also won a place on The Hospital Club and Time Out London h.Club100 list as she was named one of the most influential creative people in the UK. Jenny's work with Graeae was also recognised this year as the company was awarded the Promotion of Diversity Award at the TMA (Theatrical Management Association)Theatre UK awards.
Graeae’s Artistic Director Jenny Sealey said:
‘This is such an important award to win. It is in recognition that the work of Graeae and indeed the Paralympic Opening Ceremony is rooted in Human Rights. It recognises that art empowers, transforms perceptions and challenges prejudice. It is vital that our work carries on with even more drive and determination as there is every danger with the cuts to benefits and the arts that Deaf and disabled people once again will be relegated to the sidelines and forgotten.’
Graeae’s Executive Director Judith Kilvington said,
‘We are delighted that Jenny’s long-standing commitment to promoting Deaf and disabled artists has been recognised with the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award. This has been an extraordinary year for Jenny and for Graeae and to be nominated, and then win, alongside Baaba Maal, Mark Cousins, Deborah Warner, Fiona Shaw and Artichoke is a glorious achievement. The award celebrates the significant impact Jenny has achieved over the last 25 years in advocating for the inclusion and participation of disabled artists and audiences in the arts.’
Graeae’s next show, Sequins and Snowballs, sees the return of the Rhinestone Rollers as they wheel around a winter wonderland. Join Graeae on Saturday 15 December at The Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre.