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University of Sussex flying the flag for human rights: Access to the arts

We are proudly flying a flag for human rights, designed by artist Ai Weiwei, from Sussex House.

Candoco Dance Company performing Face In, choreographed by Yasmeen Godder - performed at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts in April 2018, in association with South East Dance.

The University of Sussex and the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA) are flying the flag for human rights this week.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, from 24-29 June we are proudly flying a flag designed by artist Ai Weiwei from the Sussex House building on our Falmer campus.

Throughout Fly the Flag week, we are also celebrating some of the ways we promote human rights in our research, teaching and the local community. 

Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCAtakes its title in tribute to the University’s former Chancellor, Lord (Richard) Attenborough, and his family.

The late actor and director was fully committed to making the arts accessible to all, a key principle of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Since the interdisciplinary arts hub (formerly Gardner Arts Centre) re-opened in 2016, Artistic Director Laura McDermott has ensured that the centre is guided by the values championed by Lord Attenborough in his life and work: human rights, social justice, creative education, and access to the arts for all.

It connects the University of Sussex to Brighton & Hove and to the wider national and international arts and research community.

ACCA is committed to accessibility for a wide range of audiences and is proud of its Attitude is Everything Silver Award, in recognition of its ongoing work to make the building and programming more accessible.

Laura McDermott says: “We aim to provide inclusive and enjoyable experience for everyone who visits us. We have placed a particular focus on trying to improve the building and the artistic offer for disabled audiences.”

Each season includes several performances that are captioned and events that are highly visual. Free personal assistance tickets are available for customers who would otherwise be unable to attend the venue.

In addition, many events in the programme have an allocation of Pay What You Decide tickets. These can be reserved for free, with an option to donate afterwards.



Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Thursday, 27 June 2019


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