Incubate – 2023 Artists

Jacqui is a black woman with black and slightly grey waist-length twists, She is wearing a vertically striped shirt. She is sitting in her powered wheelchair sideways facing, Jacqui staring straight into the camera with a curious look on her face. The background is greenery not in focus.


Incubate: building deaf & disabled-led arts organisations.

The community is brimming with ideas for new arts orgs, but a lack of support to grow those. At CRIPtic, we are committed to growing and developing the deaf and disabled-led artistic ecosystem.

What is Incubate?

Incubate is a 12-month accelerator programme for four people building deaf and disabled led organisations within the wider arts sector.

Incubate will take members through 12 funded peer discussions on everything from financial management to social media. It is a peer-facilitated programme: while CRIPtic manages the sessions, there are no ‘experts’ – we’re all learning from each other.

2023 Incubate Members

Saskia Horton. A white non-binary person with long hair & freckles stares determinedly straight into the camera in a black and white photograph.


SENSORIA will bring radical accessibility to dance and the disability arts ecosphere via a hip hop framework & state of mind- which already welcomes diverse bodies & ways of thinking within dance.

About Saskia Horton

Saskia (they/she) is a multidisciplinary artist working with dance, music & words. A violinist and hip hop dancer, they are exploring the cross-pollination of their practice with a process of healing from chronic illness, centring slowness, stillness, sustainability & play. She endeavours to host hip hop informed jam spaces & educational opportunities within dance for chronically ill, disabled & neurodivergent artists through her company- SENSORIA.

A headshot of Dave Young, a white man with short brown hair and a brown beard. Dave looks off to the left. He is outside and there are flowers, grass and trees in the background

The Shouting Mute

The shouting mute is an Arts Company that promotes & showcases the talents of different and unheard voices encouraging participation in the arts for AAC users and their community. Championing people that have even more barriers to the arts and culture sector, unleashing creativity to unlock new talented writers and artists.

About Dave Young

Dave is a performance poet and artist. I consider myself an activist in the promotion of inclusive theatre and film practices. I promote self expression and creativity in everyone and by working inclusively I aim to show that the arts belong to us all. I strive to raise expectations of the capabilities of disabled people and those marginalised by society.

Ducky Elford Headshot. Ducky is a white non-binary person with bleach blonde hair, big square red acetate glasses. They are wearing a black t-shirt with a red tartan shirt.

Ducky Elford

Ducky is looking to create a social enterprise and video game development studio focused on creating games for disabled gamers by disabled-led teams of developers.

About Ducky Elford

Ducky Elford is a neurodivergent and disabled artist, exploring the intersection between art and play. Elford creates non-normative video games, costumes, and art pieces, using various multimedia techniques that involve animation, 3D modelling, VFX, game design, and rapid prototyping. Through their work, they construct game spaces and digital artworks that delve into metaphysical, historical, and potential future realms.

An image of Nell Hardy. A pale white woman in her early thirties with long blonde hair, blue eyes and freckles, wearing a pale purple top, smiles slightly in front of a blurred alleyway in the background.

Response Ability Theatre

Response Ability Theatre seeks to represent and support people whose lives have been derailed by trauma. Its productions explore contemporary experiences of social injustice with particular focus on their effects on the human psyche, treading a fine line between naturalism and poetry for visceral audience experiences that elicit intimate empathy and inspire everyday activism.

About Nell Hardy

Nell is an actor, writer, director and facilitator. Her solo show NoMad, based on her experiences of homelessness and mental health hospitalisation, completed a small UK tour last year. She believes that theatre is a vital biological process that can help us, in an ever more divisive and isolating world, to find out how to be with each other.

Previous Incubate Members

Image description: A headshot of Sam Brewer, a white man with blue eyes, short blonde hair and beard. Sam looks softly into the camera. He is wearing a blue t-shirt.


FlawBored is a disability-led theatre company that creates ensemble based work. We formed out of a need to reinvigorate the way access is considered both within shows and within the rehearsal room, believing that it should be thought about from the beginning of the process not added on as an afterthought.


My mission is to help the creative arts industry to be more accessible, to contribute creatively and to offer support to companies/organisations to become more inclusive.

Neuk Collective

Neuk Collective aims to support neurodivergent creatives in Scotland through advocacy, education, and community-building. In 2021 Neuk Collective published the Neuk Manifesto, a ten-point plan for a more inclusive art scene, along with a practical guide to supporting neurodivergent artists in the workplace.

Lilac Yosiphon

Lilac Yosiphon is a theatre director and writer.

Directing credits include Heroes (Work in progress, VAULT Festival 2020, nominated for an Origins Award for New Work), The Glass Will Shatter (Omnibus Theatre & UK Tour), Home Sweet Home (Stratford Circus, Jackson’s Lane & ARC Stockton), Jericho’s Rose (co-directed with Mike Cole and Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster; Hope Theatre & Theatre Deli Sheffield), One Last Thing (For Now) (Old Red Lion Theatre)