Relaxed performances slammed for segregating audiences

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21 Jun 2017

A debate about whether actors with learning disabilities are reached by celebrated inclusive initiatives such as Ramps on the Moon has been triggered by a new paper.

My Gurus – Jo Verrent

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25 May 2017

Unlimited’s Jo Verrent reflects on who has inspired her passion for equality and diversity, and why she’ll be getting her first tattoo this year.

Dancing with the long cane

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23 Mar 2017

An outdoor performance project featuring blind and visually impaired dancers and musicians has pulled passers-by into a world of ‘sonic vision’. Isabel Jones shares the effects on performers and audiences.

Sign of the times

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09 Mar 2017

Watershed in Bristol has learnt from its customers with hearing impairments how to be more welcoming, including by learning basic signing. Louise Gardner tells the story.

Fairer access to the arts

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09 Mar 2017

What factors prevent disabled or marginalised adults from participating in the arts? Susan Potter shares Creative Future’s research findings and the impact they have had. 

Soften lighting to become autism-friendly, galleries advised

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09 Mar 2017

Introducing safe spaces for people with sensory issues is key to creating accessible cultural venues, according to a new report.

Getting to know our audience

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09 Mar 2017

Graeae has successfully developed D/deaf and disabled audiences across the UK. Richard Matthews explains the principles and strategies that guide their marketing work.

Art without outsiders

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09 Mar 2017

What are the dynamics when a group of artists with and without learning disabilities work together? Emma Bosworth discusses the positive outcomes of the OutsiderXchanges project. 

Participation in portrait painting

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09 Mar 2017

A series of portrait-painting events exploring and celebrating diversity engaged both live and online audiences. Mandy Fowler explains how people from all around the world got involved. 

Where there’s a will

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09 Mar 2017

Turtle Key Arts has been involved in arts projects with disabled people in many countries. Alison King reflects on the attitudes and approaches of the people she has met.

New guidance on inclusive approaches to music education

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03 Mar 2017

A new guide is aiming to increase opportunities for disabled children and young people to participate in music-making.

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.

A springboard for change in Ukraine

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24 Aug 2016

An international collaboration is helping young people with disabilities in the Ukraine get involved in the performing arts and bringing communities together, writes Sylvia Harrison.

Funding boost targets arts provision for diverse communities

Street carnival scene
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.

Resource highlights arts-based technologies for disabled creatives

Monument to the unintended performer
05 Aug 2016

A website providing advice and best practice for using technology to aid creativity has been launched for the disability arts sector.

Change through action

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21 Jul 2016

Access and prejudice still need to be fought, but the British Paraorchestra has talent and fearlessness on its side, says Charles Hazlewood.

Ticket sales continue to grow for disabled music fans

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13 Jul 2016

Disabled music fans and their assistants attending events such as Glastonbury and Latitude Festival brought an estimated £7.5m to the economy in 2015.

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. 

We need to do better

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30 Mar 2016

Angered about how few young people with learning disabilities are involved in the arts, Richard Hayhow urges the sector to open its eyes to the talent and creativity out there.

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