National Disability Arts Collection and Archive

Self Portrait by Nancy Willis (1983)

A new digital archive chronicling the history of disability arts in the UK has launched to the public.

The National Disability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA) is the first archive in the world to offer a major retrospective of disabled people’s art and activism.

Built by Shape Arts with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the archive houses 3,500 images, oral history film interviews, educational resources and animations. The collection includes disabled artists’ work from 1968 to the present day and covers various aspects of their creative and political journeys.

The collection is free-to-use and is accessed via