Innately innovative ways of thinking

10 Oct 2019

Truly embracing neurodiversity means being open to a wider spectrum of mindsets as well as setting targets, says Paula Graham-Gazzard.

Learning ‘autistic’

10 Oct 2019

Autism should be seen as a cultural difference rather than an impairment, says Hayley Williams-Hindle.

Relaxed performances: why the sector has to do better

A photo of the audience at Shakespeare's Globe
10 Oct 2019

Far from being a niche concern, increasing the number of accessible shows would benefit millions of people across the UK, says Jess Thom.

Giving all children access to the arts: Finland’s plan for cultural education

Photo of children at an art gallery
22 Sep 2019

Every teenager in Finland will get free visits local and national arts institutions, thanks to the country’s “innovative” plan for cultural education. Aleksi Valta describes how communities are building cultural competency from the ground up.

No access, no public funding?

photo of Andrew Miller beside Jeremy Miller's Peterloo Memorial in Manchester
19 Sep 2019

Five years after first highlighting discriminatory attitudes in ArtsProfessional, the Government’s Disability Champion for Arts and Culture Andrew Miller reflects on progress towards inclusion.

Telling new stories around disability

Photo of a woman in a wheelchair in the 'Being Human' gallery
05 Sep 2019

Medical museums can be deeply offensive to disabled visitors. Richard Sandell introduces a radical project that replaced prejudiced perspectives with rights and respect.

Tackling diversity in children's arts: what we've learned in a year

A man in a wheelchair performing for a group of young children
18 Jul 2019

Tara Lopez identifies three key themes that have emerged so far from the four-year Vital Spark initiative.

'They let us pick any artist in the world': the freedom to create relatable theatre

Photo of Japanese artists Chim↑Pom
18 Jul 2019

The Contact Young Curators programme gave Wez Thistlethwaite the opportunity to re-engage his creative muscles by co-curating a world premiere at this year’s Manchester International Festival.

Austerity is undermining children’s access to culture, finds research

A photo of a boy holding a tablet
12 Jul 2019

An LSE researcher said children’s development is being thwarted by Government policy, but argued the situation could be improved if recent welfare cuts were reversed.

Call for orchestras to act on disability

Photo of James Rose
09 Jul 2019

A report says “radical, bold action and a sense of collective responsibility” are needed to transform inclusion practices in the arts sector.

Tristram Hunt ‘not interested’ in V&A prayer room

A photo of a gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum
27 Jun 2019

The V&A Director is unconvinced by arguments for a dedicated prayer room in V&A East.

Southbank Creative Director warns of 'cultural apartheid' risk

Photo of Madani Younis
26 Jun 2019

Madani Younis said "institutions that have historically not given a shit are saying 'we’re going to start caring'", but called for a faster pace of change.

Experimental instrument lab re-launched

Photo of John Kelly
13 Jun 2019

A new partnership hopes to bring disabled and non-disabled musicians together to create accessible instruments and remove barriers to participation.

Cultural attractions still fall short on accessibility, finds report

A photo of visitors in an art gallery, including a wheelchair user
31 May 2019

Only one in four of the top 100 venues are considered to be more than 90% accessible.

Wheelchair users barred from online bookings

A photo of an empty theatre auditorium
24 May 2019

New research finds only 4% of bookings that included wheelchair access needs were made online, compared to 60% of all transactions.

Making the impossible possible

A photo of an Open Arts performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream
23 May 2019

Last month, weekly arts group participants with sensory impairments, physical disabilities and mental illnesses came together to perform an adapted Shakespeare play in Belfast. Eileen Branagh explains the process of creative collaboration that allowed the cast to realise their ambitions.

Musicians 'fobbed off' on access requests

Lizzie Emeh
10 May 2019

Fear of negative reactions is deterring Deaf and disabled musicians from mentioning their access needs when talking to promoters, venues or festivals about performing opportunities.

Arts Council calls in Plain English Campaign

A light bulb in front a a blackboard with thought bubble drawings
03 May 2019

The campaigning group which challenges “gobbledygook, jargon and misleading public information” has been brought in to help stamp out meaningless and inaccessible language. 

The arts in a backpack

Photo of a blue backpack
23 Apr 2019

An Action for Children’s Arts study recommends that every child at primary school should have five quality arts experiences in the school year. Chris Jarvis explains how the Arts Backpack project is working to make this a reality.

My gurus - Nick Anderson

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17 Apr 2019

Nick Anderson, Programme Producer at The Sick of the Fringe, looks back on the people who have inspired and shaped his career.

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