Experience Opportunity


ASYLUM Gym is designed for 20 ambitious disabled and/or neurodivergent creative workers to help them access future opportunities in theatre, film, and performance. Hosted at Theatre Deli, London, we will offer six evening sessions covering a range of artist skillsets including: writing effective job and funding applications, expressing, and having your access needs met, and negotiating networks and career relationships. The exact programme of workshops will be determined by consultation with the cohort and an advisory group.

Led by neurodivergent ASYLUM Artistic Director Stephen Bailey (Sir Peter Hall RTST Winner 2022, Barbican OpenLab artist, former resident assistant director Chichester Festival Theatre), and supported/mentored by WoLab, the scheme will have access support provided in the room and will offer transport bursaries to those with additional access needs or on Universal Credit/Employment support.

ASYLUM Gym will:

- Create a robust peer group of disabled and neurodivergent emerging artists, who can collaborate with and champion each other.

- Offer a tailored personal development/goal setting process and reflection for each participant.

- Develop participants knowledge and confidence to engage with opportunities.

- Advise on the tools to individually express and advocate for your legal entitlement to access.

The deadline for all applications is 30 September at midday.


- Do you identify as Neurodivergent and/or D/deaf and disabled?

- Have you done some training in the arts (one year plus; This does not have to be in a formal institution)?

- Or have you worked in the arts (been involved with a professional production, filmed an episode of TV or a short film, been on a development scheme or shortlisted for an award)? Please note this is not an exhaustive list and you may have experience in the arts in many other ways, which is great, and if so, apply!

- Do you want to access higher level opportunities and schemes, such as learning how to make an Arts Council application (Project Grant or Developing Your Creative Practice), develop your own work, build your own access rider, or other support?

- Have you experienced difficulties in expressing your access needs and/or having them accommodated in application processes or work environments?

- Can you commit to six sessions between the dates below?


ASYLUM Gym will run every Thursday between 27 October and 24 November, 7-10pm, in London.

We regret that on this occasion we are unable to cover costs for participants outside of London. If you live outside of London and can still make it to the six sessions at the Barbican Centre, then please do apply