Charity information


Shape is a disability-led arts organisation that for over 30 years has been working to improve access to the arts and culture for disabled people.
We remain the only organisation representing disabled audiences, artists, employees and participants across the entire breadth of the arts, valued by disabled people and the arts sector, with both sides seeing us as the bridge that joins them.

Founded 1979

  • Mission statement

    Shape’s Vision is for disabled people to participate fully in the arts and cultural sector.

    Shape’s Mission is to provide skills, opportunities and support for disabled artists, individuals and cultural organisations; and help build a more inclusive cultural sector.

  • Aims

    Shape aims to:

    • Shape as a sustainable organisation
    • More high quality practice by disabled artists
    • More disabled people employed in, and leading, the arts
    • More disabled people as arts audiences
  • Overview

    Established: December 1979

    Registered Charity Number: 279184

    Board members: 11

    Full time staff: 12

    Part time staff: 20

    Volunteers: 100

    Phone number: 020 7424 7355

    Address: 27 Greenwood Place, Deane House Studios, London NW5 1LB

    View charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
  • Shape Tickets 2012 – for disabled Londoners

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