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.

Research to examine barriers facing disabled arts employees

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22 Jan 2016

The causes of under-representation of disabled people in the arts and cultural sector workforce will be examined by a research project hoping to achieve greater access to opportunities.

A catalyst for change

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06 Jan 2016

There are parts of the world where disabled people face much greater challenges than here in the UK. How can a dance company help? Pedro Machado shares his experiences of taking Candoco and its mission overseas.

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.

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.

Taking Part report shows arts engagement static

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26 Jun 2015

Arts engagement has not increased in England since 2005/06, although there have been pockets of growth amongst those in rural areas, older people and those with a disability.

Live music sector improves access

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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 right to make music

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30 Apr 2015

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

In the spirit of London 2012

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16 Apr 2015

Volunteers are now at the heart of a national programme to improve wellbeing and social cohesion, says Penny East.

My Gurus - Bobby Baker

02 Apr 2015

Bobby Baker, Artistic Director of Daily Life Ltd, names those who have inspired and guided her.

Wales delivers on equality with access card scheme

Photo of a person in a wheelchair at the theatre
27 Mar 2015

Arts venues in Wales have joined forces to implement a new national scheme that aims to provide more consistent and reliable arts experiences for disabled people.

A future of dependent living

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19 Feb 2015

The closure of the Independent Living Fund and cuts to the Access to Work scheme will lead to a massive reduction in the number of disabled people participating and working in the mainstream arts world, warns Helen Bayliss.

ACNI sets targets for engaging disabled people in the arts

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18 Feb 2015

A Disability Action Plan for the arts in Northern Ireland hopes to raise the numbers of disabled people attending, participating and working in the arts. 

Arts organisations increasingly rely on volunteers

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17 Dec 2014

The latest data reveals a shift in both employment practices and audience patterns among Arts Council of Wales’ Revenue Funded Organisations.

New artistic territory

Photo of a performance at Swansea’s National Waterfront Museum
08 Dec 2014

Louisa Davison tells how two companies have pulled down the barriers between ballet and integrated contemporary dance.

Unlimited access

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01 Dec 2014

To make Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Festival a success, Wendy Martin knew that she had to improve accessibility for the 100 performers and artists with disabilities.

In upbeat and dynamic mood

Image of Jenny Sealey at ITC
20 Oct 2014

As the Independent Theatre Council celebrates its 40th anniversary, its members discussed touring, artists’ pay, inclusion and much more at its recent conference. Charlotte Jones reports.

Audience and participant trends diverge in Northern Ireland

A photo of women playing the tamborine at Belfast Carnival
03 Oct 2014

Arts participation continues to grow in Northern Ireland, though attendance has fallen and engagement is declining among disabled people and those living in deprived areas.

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