Esther Fox has worked in the cultural sector for the last 15 years and is passionate about promoting ambitious disabled-led cultural activities. In 2009 she was appointed by Screen South to lead the 2012 Olympic Legacy programme, Accentuate, which creates opportunities for deaf and disabled people to participate and lead in the cultural sector. Leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games, Accentuate ensured there was more disabled-led cultural activity in the South East than in any other region outside of London. Since then she has taken Accentuate forward to have a national remit and has devised a range of new projects, including History of Place. Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, History of Place charts the lives of deaf and disabled people over 800 years in relation to eight built heritage sites across the country. She is also the project manager and co-investigator on a major Arts and Humanities Research Council project Disability and Community: Dis/engagement, Dis/enfranchisement, Dis/parity and Dissent (the D4D project). Alongside leading the Accentuate programme she is a practicing artist and was commissioned in 2016 by The Science Museum, London to create a new work of sculpture exploring the complex issues around genetic screening.
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