NPOs failing on access basics, say disabled artists

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03 Oct 2018

A Leeds-based collective has named a lack of accessible toilets, snobbish staff and ‘mega-expensive’ coffee among continuing barriers to equality.

Disabled people more engaged with arts than ever, figures reveal

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07 Sep 2018

Data from the Government’s Taking Part survey also suggests that 2017/18 saw record levels of arts engagement in England as a whole, though changes to the questionnaire could be skewing the findings.

Arts Council not yet an ‘effective ally’ for disabled people, says diversity chief

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07 Sep 2018

Abid Hussain urged his organisation to employ more deaf and disabled people in decision-making roles.

Jo Royce to join Candoco as Executive Director

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13 Jul 2018

The current Executive Director of the Gate Theatre praised the ambition and perseverance of the company she will join in October.

New £1m archive of UK’s disability arts opens to public

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28 Jun 2018

The online National Disability Arts Collection and Archive is billed as the first archive in the world to offer a major retrospective of disabled people’s art and activism.

Taking bold steps

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20 Jun 2018

Few arts venues have programmed main stage shows starring performers with learning disabilities, but new diversity requirements for England’s NPOs could change that, says Gus Garside.

From Wales to Lesotho

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30 May 2018

A group of actors with Down’s Syndrome travelled to Lesotho in southern Africa to help change attitudes to people with learning disabilities. Jon Dafydd-Kidd tells the story.

Fun for every family

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26 Apr 2018

Realising how many of its visitors had a family member with a disability was the catalyst for Z-arts to launch its inclusive family fun days. Ramsey Janini tells the story.

Embedding equality practice

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05 Apr 2018

Nick Wesson explains how working with a disabled-led theatre company helped ARC Stockton achieve long-term sustainable change.

Will the Change Makers make a difference?

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01 Mar 2018

As one of Arts Council England’s cohort of Change Makers, Andrew Miller reflects on why he accepted the opportunity and what might change as a result.

A dedicated director of business development

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28 Feb 2018

As a small but fast-growing touring theatre company run by part-time staff, Hubbub Theatre Company has benefited from appointing a Director of Business Development. Jo Kemp explains what her job entails. 

Crisis at Creative Scotland following funding decision backlash

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02 Feb 2018

Board members have resigned following outrage at the funder’s decision to end support for a number of arts organisations that work with children and disabled people. 

New and inclusive music

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25 Jan 2018

Frank Lyons explains how a combined academic and artistic approach has been key to the success of a new ensemble featuring disabled and non-disabled musicians.

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.

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.

Charter inspires small music venues to become disability-friendly

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10 Aug 2017

Tunbridge Wells Forum has become the first venue to be accredited through Attitude is Everything’s new charter.

Relaxed performances slammed for segregating audiences

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21 Jun 2017

A debate about whether actors with learning disabilities are reached by celebrated inclusive initiatives such as Ramps on the Moon has been triggered by a new paper.

My Gurus – Jo Verrent

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25 May 2017

Unlimited’s Jo Verrent reflects on who has inspired her passion for equality and diversity, and why she’ll be getting her first tattoo this year.

Dancing with the long cane

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23 Mar 2017

An outdoor performance project featuring blind and visually impaired dancers and musicians has pulled passers-by into a world of ‘sonic vision’. Isabel Jones shares the effects on performers and audiences.

Sign of the times

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09 Mar 2017

Watershed in Bristol has learnt from its customers with hearing impairments how to be more welcoming, including by learning basic signing. Louise Gardner tells the story.

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