Music without fear

Ventroloquist and dummy
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

Photo of a performance
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

Photo of an audience at a concert
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

Photo of a man playing a guitar
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

Photo of a girl at a concert with headphones on
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

Photo of people dressed up
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

Woman drumming
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

Photo of Wheelfever performance
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.

Creative access

Photo of Circus Starr technology
22 Jul 2015

Digital technologies offer the arts the opportunity, not only to improve access, but to enhance the experience of all audience members. Paul Glinkowski highlights some projects that are doing just that.

Playing with form

Photo of scene from The Solid Life of Sugar Water
16 Jul 2015

To make theatre truly accessible, elements such as captioning and audio description must have their own artistic stamp, says Amit Sharma.

Live music sector improves access

Photo of Suzanne Bull MBE
15 May 2015

Music venues and festivals that have signed an accessibility ‘Charter of Best Practice’ have seen an increase in ticket sales to Deaf and disabled fans.

The burden of proof

Photo of a child with paint on his face
30 Apr 2015

In true Bertrand Russell style, Chrissie Tiller suggests that we turn the burden of proof on its head – and prove that the arts and culture are of no value to anyone.

The right to make music

Photo of musician testing glove
30 Apr 2015

Carien Meijer describes some recent developments of technology and musical instruments for disabled musicians.

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