The Olympic Park during the Paralympics. (Image credit:@JohnWorne)

The Olympic Park during the Paralympics. (Image credit:@JohnWorne)

The Olympic Park during the Paralympics. (Image credit:@JohnWorne)

Before the Olympics, if you'd asked me where the UK would rank in Monocle magazine's annual ‘Soft Power’ Survey this year, I'd have hoped for a podium finish. After the Olympics - even though our national modesty holds me back - I am proud to find us carrying

Unlimited Global Alchemy (Image credit: Hamish Roberts)

Unlimited Global Alchemy featured paintings, drawings, sketches, and filmic portraits. (Image credit: Hamish Roberts)

Unlimited Global Alchemy (Image credit: Hamish Roberts)

UK visual artist Rachel Gadsden tells how her chance encounter with the work of an HIV-positive South African artist led her on a life-changing journey that culminated at Unlimited, a festival of new work by deaf and disabled artists during the Paralympic Games. A chance encounter in June 2010 with a ‘body-map’ painting made by

Performers in 'Breathe', one of the commissions for Unlimited (Image credit: Richard Jeffery)

Performers in 'Breathe', one of the commissions for Unlimited (Image credit: Richard Jeffery)

Performers in 'Breathe', one of the commissions for Unlimited (Image credit: Richard Jeffery)

Jamie Beddard, one of the artists behind 'Breathe', looks back on an international commission for Unlimited, a festival of new work by deaf and disabled artists, which took place at London's Southbank Centre on 30 August - 9 September 2012.

International Inspiration ambassador Oscar Pistorius meets young people from the International Inspiration programme outside the Olympic Stadium. From left to right: Erica Kouassi, Anthony Kipps, Oscar Pistorius, Mary Tarimo.(Image credit: London 2012)

International Inspiration ambassador Oscar Pistorius meets young people from the International Inspiration programme outside the Olympic Stadium. From left to right: Erica Kouassi, Anthony Kipps, Oscar Pistorius, Mary Tarimo.(Image credit: London 2012)

International Inspiration ambassador Oscar Pistorius meets young people from the International Inspiration programme outside the Olympic Stadium. From left to right: Erica Kouassi, Anthony Kipps, Oscar Pistorius, Mary Tarimo.(Image credit: London 2012)

Anthony writes about being one of three Young Leaders from London 2012’s International Inspiration programme selected to carry the Paralympic flame. Aged 14, he was chosen from nominations across the UK and 20 other countries because of his dedication and commitment to inspiring young people in his community through the power of sport. 

Dean Rodney. Image credit: Pau Ross and Adele Jeffs.

Dean Rodney. Image credit: Pau Ross and Adele Jeffs.

Dean Rodney. Image credit: Pau Ross and Adele Jeffs.

Cherry Franklin of creative arts organisation Heart n Soul talks with autistic musician Dean Rodney about a global project to bring together musicians and dancers with and without disabilities from all over the world as part of  Unlimited, a 10-day arts festival during the Paralympic Games.