How to… plan your first relaxed performance

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22 Dec 2016

Be prepared to make mistakes and consider reaching out to other organisations running relaxed events, says Kate Lovell.

The importance of inclusive design

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15 Dec 2016

All audiences benefit from inclusive design, but most importantly it helps disabled and older people. Jennifer Tomkins and Jo Verrent share tips on how to get it right.

Still dismal times for disability

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08 Dec 2016

Angry at the continuing discrimination against disabled people as well as the inadequate access in many venues, Andrew Miller reflects on the challenges disabled people need to overcome to make it in the arts.

Sheffield Theatres to drop booking fees

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11 Nov 2016

The new Artistic Director has announced a series of inclusive measures, including free tickets for drama and performing arts students in the city.

Edinburgh theatre to host UK’s first dementia-friendly opera performance

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31 Oct 2016

Sound and lighting will be adjusted and movement between the auditorium and the foyer will be encouraged to welcome people living with dementia to the theatre.

Museum’s dementia care training to be rolled out across the UK

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02 Sep 2016

A pilot programme by National Museums Liverpool has successfully used drama to train health care professionals to support people to live well with dementia.

Funding boost targets arts provision for diverse communities

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09 Aug 2016

Arts Council England has committed £5.3m to a scheme aimed at developing greater resilience among organisations contributing to wider diversity in the arts.

The Space shifts focus away from digital art

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03 Jun 2016

A new commissioning round focuses on access and diversity in a bid to address issues raised in the White Paper and Warwick Commission report.

Guide offers blueprint for dementia friendly performances

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18 May 2016

Two years after hosting its first dementia friendly performance, West Yorkshire Playhouse has released a best-practice guide to putting on similar shows.

Theatre 2016 conference under fire over inaccessibility

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18 May 2016

Bon Culture has apologised after physical access issues and high ticket costs prompted anger at its conference last week. 

My experience at Theatre 2016

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16 May 2016

Following shocking access at the Theatre 2016 conference, Andrew Miller asks: is this why so few disabled people work in theatre?

Museum free entry policy debated at Parliamentary inquiry

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13 May 2016

MPs have heard from an academic in favour of introducing national museum entrance fees, but been warned by Sir Neil MacGregor to “meddle with great caution”.

Website woes continue as ACE faces backlash from researchers

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08 Apr 2016

Arts Council England is scrabbling to restore access to its archive but is planning to reinstate only “relevant” selected content on its new website.

Dark performances

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07 Apr 2016

How many theatres offer audio description services to blind and partially sighted people? Matthew Cock carried out some research and is disappointed with his findings.

Music without fear

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05 Apr 2016

Following the success of relaxed theatrical performances, Chris Proctor explains how Birmingham’s Town Hall & Symphony Hall has gone about staging relaxed concerts. 

How to... Create theatre for deaf and hearing audiences

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24 Mar 2016

Make full use of the senses – even those you don't have: Deafinitely Theatre’s Paula Garfield explains how to create theatre for deaf and hearing audiences.

Sector struggles with ACE’s online funding portal

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18 Mar 2016

Grantium, Arts Council England's £930k online portal for submitting Grants for the Arts applications online, has been branded ‘intimidating, off-putting and inaccessible’ by Twitter users.

Festivals and venues fail disabled music fans, says report

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04 Mar 2016

A continuing lack of detailed online access information is stopping deaf and disabled music fans from buying tickets.

My research: Instruments for deaf musicians

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15 Feb 2016

Virtual violins and computer-based guitars need more than just the right sounds if they’re to work for deaf musicians. Richard Burn describes his research into accessible virtual instruments.

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