Create

Share your creativity with others – write, blog, perform, sculpt, dance, paint, film, the floor is yours.

Create

Share your creativity with others – write, blog, perform, sculpt, dance, paint, film, the floor is yours.

Create

Share your creativity with others – write, blog, perform, sculpt, dance, paint, film, the floor is yours.

What else is out there

Extant

Extant is the UK’s leading professional performing arts company of visually impaired artists and theatre practitioners, producing touring productions and delivering training regionally and internationally. Find out about their latest productions or get involved yourself!

Visit the Extant website to find out more

Media Trust

Media Trust has supported over 20,000 young people to date, training them in multimedia journalism so they can tell their own stories and those of their communities. Find your voice and explore their youth media programmes.

Visit the Media Trust website to find out more

UCAN

UCAN Productions is a performance and creative arts cooperative run by and for blind and partially sighted young people between the age of 7 and 25.

Become a UCAN member to get involved or have a listen to their podcasts and UCAN radio.

Visit the UCAN website to find out more

Step Change Dance Studios

Dance company making dance accessible for everyone. Based in the UK, we offer fun, engaging dance opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.

Visit the Step Change website to find out more

Crafts to try at home!

What’s out there

Extant

Extant is the UK’s leading professional performing arts company of visually impaired artists and theatre practitioners, producing touring productions and delivering training regionally and internationally. Find out about their latest productions or get involved yourself!

Visit the Extant website to find out more

Media Trust

Media Trust has supported over 20,000 young people to date, training them in multimedia journalism so they can tell their own stories and those of their communities. Find your voice and explore their youth media programmes.

Visit the Media Trust website to find out more

Step Change Dance Studios

Dance company making dance accessible for everyone. Based in the UK, we offer fun, engaging dance opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.

Visit the Step Change website to find out more

UCAN

UCAN Productions is a performance and creative arts cooperative run by and for blind and partially sighted young people between the age of 7 and 25.

Become a UCAN member to get involved or have a listen to their podcasts and UCAN radio.

Visit the UCAN website to find out more

The arts

Discover Art

An online art resource managed by the Tate for people who are interested in art. Learn about the lives of artists and the stories behind their work.

Visit the Tate website to find out more
Explore their podcasts here

The Art House

Supports the work of disabled and non-disabled artists aspiring to develop their professional practice.

Visit the Art House website to find out more

Disabled Photographer’ Society

Run by disabled photographers for disabled photographers.

Visit the Disabled Photographer’ Society website to find out more

The best accessible art and sculpture in the UK

Rough Guides author Jacqui Agate picks the top destinations for accessible art and sculpture up and down the country.

Visit the Motability website to find out more

Shape Arts

Shape Arts is a disability-led arts organisation which works to improve access to culture for disabled people by providing opportunities for disabled artists and through running participatory arts and development programmes.

Visit the Shape Arts website to find out more

Art galleries, museums and theatres

You can still enjoy visiting cultural and heritage destinations if you are blind or partially sighted.  A number of museums and galleries provide specialist accessible tours to people with sight loss, while audio description can help bring theatre alive.

Visit the RNIB website to find out more

Music

OrchLab

OrchLab resources explore the music and instruments of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and wider OrchLab project, using this as inspiration for musical activities, information and games. Explore to start your musical journey.

Visit the OrchLab website to find out more

Orchestras Live

They believe that orchestras are for everyone and that live orchestral music has the power to inspire people for a lifetime.

Visit the Orchestras Live website to find out more

Drake Music Scotland

They play a lead role in making Scotland a place where ground-breaking new music featuring skilled musicians and composers with disabilities comes alive for everyone.

Visit the Drake Music School website to find out more

Youth Music

They believe that every young person should have the chance to change their life through music.

Visit the Youth Music website to find out more

Sound and Music

Jobs in sound and music.

Visit the Sound and Music website to find out more

Wired 4 Music

Share music events, courses, jobs and opportunities for people aged 16 to 25.

Visit the Wired 4 Music website to find out more

Young Guns Network

The professional network produced by and for young people in the music industry.

Visit the Youth Music website to find out more

Apprentice Nation

1 to 1 online mentor sessions with mentors from the music, production, creative industries and more.

Visit the Apprentice Nation website to find out more

National Open Youth Orchestra

The world’s first disabled-led national youth orchestra.

Visit the National Open Youth Orchestra website to find out more

CYM – Centre for Young Musicians

Since 1970, talented young musicians have come to London’s Centre for Young Musicians’ Saturday centre for high quality, progressive music training. a diverse range of programmes, whether it’s classical, jazz, gamelan, songwriting, folk or musical theatre.

Visit the Creative Access website to find out more

Studio 12

Exciting current opportunities in the creative industries. This comprehensive guide includes commissions, events, funding, jobs, paid opportunities and much more. Categories include Music, Film, Business, Writing and more.

Visit the Studio 12 website to find out more

Creative Access

Take your first steps into your creative career.

Visit the Creative Access website to find out more

Dance

Touchdown Dance

A dance company that creates performances and workshops for visually impaired and sighted people.

Visit the Touchdown Dance website to find out more

Everyone can dance

Para Dance UK want to make sure “Everyone Can Dance” in the dance style they want to.

Visit the Para Dance website to find a group

i Dance

A series of accessible dance workshops for visually impaired people funded by … various creative arts projects across the UK in a variety of dance styles.

Visit the i Dance website to find out more

Dance Dosti

Dance Dosti is created by the award-winning dance company Step Change Studios. It offers free Bollywood, Latin & Street classes.

Visit the Metro Blind Sport website to find out more

Pilates and Dance

We’ve teamed up with local deliverers and VI friendly activity providers to bring you a variety of at-home workouts and routines to keep you healthy and active from the comfort of your front room!

Visit the British Blind Sport website to find out more

Crafts

Take up a craft

There are lots of arts and crafts you can take up, or continue to enjoy, if you are blind or partially sighted. This page contains information and tips on where you can find out more about some popular activities for people with sight loss.

Visit the RNIB website to find out more

Craft Courses

Craft Courses connects people with thousands of artisan makers across the UK. They maintain a comprehensive directory of paid for in-person workshops, live online classes and online courses across a range of crafts from art to bee keeping to rug making.

Visit the Craft Courses website to find out more

Crafts Directory

Find the best craft course providers throughout the UK.

Visit the Find a Craft website to find out more

Craft Potters Association

Whether you are a complete beginner or a more experienced potter, there will be a course out there for you.

Visit the Craft Potters Association website to find out more

Knitting

Knitting is a great another great crafting activity to keep your mind active. You don’t need much equipment for knitting – needles, yarn/wool and scissors.

Visit the UK Hand Knitting website to find a group

Knitting and Crochet Guild

Find a group to take up knitting or crochet.

Visit the KC Guild website to find a group

Big bead. Little bead

A directory of bead clubs and jewellery groups including meeting places and their frequency. For ease of use this UK bead club directory is arranged by country and county so that you can quickly find fellow beading enthusiasts in your area.

Visit the Big Bead Little Bead website to find out more

The Beadworkers Guild

This list of groups and classes is to help beaders make contact with others in their local area and discover where they can learn more about beading.

Visit the Beaders Guild website to find out more

Earn your Arts Award with VICTA

Arts Award

Explore your artistic and leadership talents and learn from the very best artists in their field, to create a show stopping piece which you can treasure forever. Not only that, you will get to meet other likeminded young people to achieve the Arts Award qualification together. Follow the link below to see what opportunities are currently available with VICTA.

Join

Expressing my own creative vision in …

vlogging

“Hi, I’m Emmy. I’m 18 years old and have a rare genetic condition called Bardet-Biedl Syndrome. I created my channel ‘Emmy’s VIP Life’ to discuss growing up with a disability, specifically visual impairment.”

Watch on

broadcast

“I had the good fortune of interviewing Peter White, a broadcaster I greatly admire. Like myself, Peter has been blind since birth and I was keen to find out more about his experiences working in radio.”

Read on

blogging

“I established My Blurred World, to share my experience of living with a degenerative eye condition, Retinitis Pigmentosa by hoping to raise awareness of disability and help others in a similar situation.”

Read on

stand up

Comedy chat with Richard Wheatley – Britain’s funniest blind physicist turned award-winning news reader and stand up with a blue peter badge… well definitely top three.

Read on

art & design

“Ever since I was little, I’ve had a passion to be creative. Being a young person going through sight loss and trying to tackle the visual industry isn’t an easy task, but one I strive to triumph.”

Read on

fashion

“Fashioneyesta is an online resource aiming to bridge the gap between fashion and accessibility making fashion and cosmetics a more inclusive place for anyone and everyone!”

Watch on

Gaining my photography qualification

“Ever since I was little, I’ve had a passion to be creative. Being a young person going through sight loss and trying to tackle the visual industry isn’t an easy task, but one I strive to triumph.”

Crafts to try at home!

Expressing my own creative vision in…

vlogging

“Hi, I’m Emmy. I’m 18 years old and have a rare genetic condition called Bardet-Biedl Syndrome. I created my channel ‘Emmy’s VIP Life’ to discuss growing up with a disability, specifically visual impairment.”

Watch on

broadcast

“I had the good fortune of interviewing Peter White, a broadcaster I greatly admire. Like myself, Peter has been blind since birth and I was keen to find out more about his experiences working in radio.”

Read on

blogging

“I established My Blurred World, to share my experience of living with a degenerative eye condition, Retinitis Pigmentosa by hoping to raise awareness of disability and help others in a similar situation.”

Read on

stand up

Comedy chat with Richard Wheatley – Britain’s funniest blind physicist turned award-winning news reader and stand up with a blue peter badge… well definitely top three.

Read on

art & design

“Ever since I was little, I’ve had a passion to be creative. Being a young person going through sight loss and trying to tackle the visual industry isn’t an easy task, but one I strive to triumph.”

Read on

fashion

“Fashioneyesta is an online resource aiming to bridge the gap between fashion and accessibility making fashion and cosmetics a more inclusive place for anyone and everyone!”

Watch on

Tie dye with Ruqaiya

“Hi, I’m Ruqiaya, one of this year’s VICTA Young Ambassadors and an art student. I’m also visually impaired myself and I’ll be talking you through, as descriptively as I can, how to tie-dye a t-shirt at home. If you give it a go, share your designs @VICTAUK or email students@victa.org.uk.”

Tactile Rocks!

Join the rock painting movement and spread the message of kindness to all by decorating and hiding tactile rocks! Once you’ve hidden your rocks, please share a photo with us @VICTAUK using #TactileRocks so that we can share your designs and help spread the tactile rock revolution!

VICTA talent

Enjoy some of the performances from our virtual festival!

Fields of Gold, Summer Pearson

Eddy plays a set

Seven Seas by The Thunderbolts

Dance Monkey by Aya Alozoum

Like what you hear? Head to the VICTA Summer Festival site to listen to more performances and visit the art galleries.

Visit the VICTA Summer Festival