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

Confused
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.

Birmingham to train next generation of diverse cultural leaders

Digital Humanities Hub at the University of Birmingham
05 Feb 2016

Targeted mentoring, leadership courses and masterclass events are to be provided to artists from diverse backgrounds in the city.

Barriers to arts engagement deter older people, survey finds

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19 Jan 2016

Physical access and social isolation emerge as key factors linked to a decline in arts engagement among older people.

How to… make a festival disability-friendly

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11 Jan 2016

Being disability-friendly isn’t just about physical accessibility. Alistair McDonald explains how Chase Park festival ensures it is inclusive and welcoming of everyone.

ACE re-embraces creative case for diversity

The Albany children
11 Dec 2015

Recognising that it “must do more” to encourage diversity in the arts, Arts Council England has announced four new diversity programmes and published workforce data for its largest NPOs.

A festival for all the senses

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02 Dec 2015

When Torbay’s annual Agatha Christie Week was expanded into a major literature festival things took an unexpected turn. Anna Farthing investigates.

Arts sector encouraged to become dementia-friendly

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06 Nov 2015

A new guide, published by the Alzheimer’s Society, provides practical advice to arts organisations seeking to make their buildings and artistic offering more suited to those with dementia.

A boost for inclusive dance

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05 Nov 2015

Linda Jasper reveals how U.Dance festival got more young disabled performers involved than ever before.

Lack of diversity in creative industries a business failure, says report

Diverse heads sculpture
02 Oct 2015

The Creative Industries Federation report into diversity in the workplace reveals that the sector is failing itself financially and socially by being inherently under-representative.

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