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Incubate: building disabled-led arts organisations.

CRIPtic Arts is delighted to announce the Incubate programme for disabled-led arts organisations for 2024!

Incubate BSL

The community is brimming with ideas for new arts organisations, but a lack of support to grow those. At CRIPtic, we are committed to growing and developing the deaf and disabled-led artistic ecosystem. Incubate explores everything CRIPtic had to learn as we began – learning from our successes and failures, our mistakes and experiments, and sharing that information to support new organisations through their early development.

Read more and apply below.

What is Incubate?

Incubate is a 12 month programme that supports 4 UK based disabled people or small organisations through their first year of structured development with 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.

There is one space on the programme per organisation, and each organisation will be paid £50/session, to cover the preparatory work for each session, and payment for their time in attending and participating. Organisations must send the same person to all sessions.

Sessions will have captions, rest-breaks, and BSL interpretation where required, and we aim to meet other access requirements as far as possible. You must be able to attend the majority of these sessions.

Learn More

Please read our FAQs below which contain more information about the programme, and what we’re looking for from applications.


To apply to become a 2024 Incubate Member please fill in our application form and Diversity & Monitoring form by 5pm on 5 January 2024.

You can also submit an audio-file in spoken English or BSL of a maximum of 7 minutes, or download and send the questions as a word document to Please find the word versions of these documents below:

If you need access support to input answers into the form we can help out – just email We are able to support applicants with transcribing answers, but cannot provide or fund individualised access support for applications beyond this, except if exceptional circumstances apply.

Learn about our 2023 Incubate Cohort

Previous Incubate Members

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Sam Brewer

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. Our work is through play and access is at the core of everything we do; it’s in the way we train our practitioners, the way we devise and therefore it is integrated into the show. We also create unique opportunities for artists and practitioners to reframe the way they think about access. A FlawBored show is cheeky, chaotic and most importantly is not disability ‘trauma-porn’ or ‘pity-porn.’ Our ethos is built by our motto ‘Access is easy if you care’


Miss Jacqui

Miss Jacqui is a brand that cares about the disability arts community and the creative arts community. I want to work with organisations to make the industry more inclusive and representative of society as a whole.

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.

My aims are to be a positive change for the creative arts industry, to empower individuals to have confidence in talking about access and inclusion and to help shape the future of the industry.

Neuk Collective

Tzipporah Johnston

Tzipporah Johnston is an embroiderer and installation artist based in Edinburgh. Much of her work explores her autistic special interests, such as her fascination with the natural world, and aims to present an autistic perspective that doesn’t emphasise distress or disorder.

She is also the founder of Neuk Collective, with the aim of supporting 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

Multiple projects by 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, nominated for an Off-West-End Award for Best Ensemble).

In the last two years, she curated InterScratch, showcases of local and international new writing and interdisciplinary collaborations