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Arts project celebrates learning disabled athletes return to Paralympics

tumblr_ln74zgXBpt1qli178o1_1280 credit Andy Hood.jpgA major new arts project, performed by artists with learning disabilities, premiered at Glyndebourne yesterday. 

Gold Run documents the story of the learning-disabled athletes, who were welcomed into the Atlanta Paralympics in 1996 but then subsequently banned from competing in the Games four years later when the Spanish basketball team fielded non-learning disabled athletes. 

The production, which has received support from Arts Council England and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, celebrates the return of learning-disabled athletes to the Paralympic Games this year after the retraction of the ban, and includes an impressive cast of learning disabled and disabled artists in a 30-strong choir (image taken in rehearsals by Andy Hood). 

The show will also be performed live at Brighton, London and Chichester later this year before being transformed into a digital installation to be shown throughout the Paralympics at Dilston Grove Gallery in Southwark, south London. 

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