Partnering with charities

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21 Mar 2018

Working with a children’s hospice has allowed Birmingham Hippodrome to make its productions accessible to families who might otherwise miss out, and it has learnt a lot along the way, says Nichole Cooper.

Theatres Trust launches £300k building improvement scheme

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16 Feb 2018

A collaboration with the Wolfson Foundation will see theatres of all sizes eligible for up to £20k in funding this year to make their buildings more accessible.

I may be lying down but I'm not lazy

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25 Jan 2018

Raquel Meseguer triggered a security alert when she lay on the floor at the Southbank Centre. She shares the work she has been doing ever since to help arts venues become more welcoming to those with chronic pain.

Over a quarter of theatres have no access information online

Theatre Royal Brighton
03 Nov 2017

A lack of online information is leaving many publicly funding arts venues inaccessible to deaf and disabled members of the public, a new VocalEyes report has warned.

All welcome at the Coliseum

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12 Oct 2017

Oldham Coliseum’s new extension will provide access for everyone to future-proof itself in a borough that is home to many people with disabilities, writes Kevin Shaw.

Tate Liverpool commits to becoming more autism friendly

Tate Liverpool Cafe
05 Oct 2017

The gallery will hold regular ‘Autism Hours’ with dimmed lights, reduced noise and break-out spaces available.

Edinburgh in a wheelchair

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07 Sep 2017

Andrew Miller, a regular visitor to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, shares his shocking experiences of inaccessible venues, poor seats and the city’s precarious pavements.

EU calls on the arts to empower and integrate refugees

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26 May 2017

The UK and Poland were the only EU countries that didn’t contribute to a major new report on how arts organisations and policy makers can help migrants.

How to… help writers break through

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21 Apr 2017

What should people working in the arts do to support writers in their early years? Steve Dearden, co-founder of the The Writing Squad, offers his thoughts.

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.

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. 

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.

How to… plan your first relaxed performance

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22 Dec 2016

Be prepared to make mistakes and consider reaching out to other organisations running relaxed events, says Kate Lovell.

The importance of inclusive design

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15 Dec 2016

All audiences benefit from inclusive design, but most importantly it helps disabled and older people. Jennifer Tomkins and Jo Verrent share tips on how to get it right.

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.

Sheffield Theatres to drop booking fees

Crucible Theatre
11 Nov 2016

The new Artistic Director has announced a series of inclusive measures, including free tickets for drama and performing arts students in the city.

Edinburgh theatre to host UK’s first dementia-friendly opera performance

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31 Oct 2016

Sound and lighting will be adjusted and movement between the auditorium and the foyer will be encouraged to welcome people living with dementia to the theatre.

Museum’s dementia care training to be rolled out across the UK

House of Memories
02 Sep 2016

A pilot programme by National Museums Liverpool has successfully used drama to train health care professionals to support people to live well with dementia.

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.

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