Experimental instrument lab re-launched

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Arts leaders slam ‘new paternalism’ of diversity initiatives

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29 Mar 2019

Southbank Centre’s Creative Director has called for a “much more disruptive intervention”.

Investing in the workforce

A woman, on scaffolding, installing lighting in a theatre
28 Mar 2019

How can we attract a diverse workforce into the arts sector? Robert West says arts organisations can start by dismantling the barriers they are putting up themselves.

Experiencing words visually

Photo of Charlotte Arrowsmith in rehearsal for As You Like It
21 Mar 2019

Charlotte Arrowsmith, who is performing in two plays with the RSC this summer, explains the challenges and opportunities involved when deaf actors are cast in mainstream productions.

Encouraging signs

Charlotte Arrowsmith acting in As You Like It
20 Mar 2019

The casting of deaf actor Charlotte Arrowsmith in a current RSC production illustrates how committing to diversity does not mean being worthy or boring, says Jonathan Knott.

An investment in the future

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18 Mar 2019

A paid internship scheme provides theatre company Third Angel with essential administrative support – and develops talent that will benefit the wider sector, the company writes.

MPs and arts organisations pledge to support disabled access

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25 Jan 2019

More than 100 people and organisations have signed The Cultural Inclusion Manifesto, making an urgent plea for strategic partnerships between Special Educational Needs organisations and cultural institutions.

Take action and let us in

Photo of Nicola Miles-Wildin rehearsing
24 Jan 2019

Limited opportunities are preventing the authentic voices of disabled directors and writers from being heard. The sector needs to stop talking and take action, says Nicola Miles-Wildin.

New network to champion access for Deaf and disabled musicians

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14 Dec 2018

Research aims to increase understanding of the hidden challenges facing disabled artists and musicians when recording, performing and applying for funding.

Trusting young people in care

Young people rehearsing dance routine
29 Nov 2018

Nathan Geering explains how a hip-hop dance production has helped give a voice to young people in the care system.

A vital contribution

School children laughing
29 Nov 2018

Vital Spark is a national initiative aiming to create more inclusive and diverse performances for children and young people. Tara Lopez tells the story.

Opportunities to take part in music ‘essential’ in care homes, says report

Musician playing a guitar in a care home
22 Nov 2018

An evaluation finds that interactive three-month musical programmes had “particularly strong effects upon people’s communication skills and mood”.

Proper changing places

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22 Nov 2018

To be completely accessible and inclusive, Circus Starr realised that it had to improve one of the least glamourous aspects of its set-up - its toilets. Sarah Hall tells the story.

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