Access for Arts and Cultural Organisers

Access Coventry is designed to help you up-skill and increase your understanding of the experiences or access requirements of audiences.

The 10-week programme culminated in us collaborating to create a Manifesto for Access which is the first step on our journey of making Coventry a more accessible place to experience culture.

All events were BSL interpreted and captioned.

Please find below a recording of some of the workshops from the programme in July 2021.

This project has been supported by Coventry UK City of Culture 2021.

Brought to you by Shoot Festival:  Shoot Festival Website

Image: Fred and the team at Hijinx Theatre

Image: Fred and the team at Hijinx Theatre

ACCESS COVENTRY: HOUSEBOUND AUDIENCES

This second session in our series focused on how we can create work for a range of audiences who, for whatever reason, are unable to leave their homes.
 
Keynote speakers include:  
 
Zoe Partington - The Space

Katie Walters - Radical Body

Our speakers will be sharing their knowledge and experiences of how to overcome barriers for housebound audiences and the practicalities and strategies of providing access solutions.

At the end of the session, you will gain an understanding of good practice and identify some simple steps to take to make your events more accessible.

Each training session is designed to help you up-skill and increase your understanding of the experiences or access needs of audiences. To get the most out of this course we encourage you to attend as many of the events as you can.

Access Coventry is the first step of many on our citywide journey of creating a manifesto aimed at making Coventry a more accessible place to experience culture.

ACCESS COVENTRY: AUDIENCES WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES

This third session in our series focused on audiences with learning difficulties.

Keynote speakers include:

Ben Pettitt-Wade – Hijinx Theatre

Participants from Open Theatre

Our speakers will be sharing their knowledge and experiences of common barriers audiences with learning difficulties may encounter and how they are working towards overcoming these. At the end of the session, you will gain an understanding of good practice and identify some simple steps to take to make your events more accessible.

Each training session is designed to help you up-skill and increase your understanding of the experiences or access needs of audiences. To get the most out of this course we encourage you to attend as many of the events as you can.

Access Coventry is the first step of many on our citywide journey of creating a manifesto aimed at making Coventry a more accessible place to experience culture.

ACCESS COVENTRY: D/DEAF/HARD OF HEARING AUDIENCES

This fourth session in our series focused on D/deaf / Deaf / deaf and hard of hearing audiences. 
 
Keynote speakers include:  
 
Rinkoo Barpaga - Independent Artist and Comedian

Philippa Cross - Talking Birds

Our speakers will be sharing their experiences of the political and often complex language around the terms D/deaf / Deaf / deaf / hard of hearing. At the end of the session, you will gain an understanding of good practice and identify some practical solutions to making work more accessible.

Each training session is designed to help you up-skill and increase your understanding of the experiences or access needs of audiences. To get the most out of this course we encourage you to attend as many of the events as you can.

Access Coventry is the first step of many on our citywide journey of creating a manifesto aimed at making Coventry a more accessible place to experience culture.

ACCESS COVENTRY: AUDIENCES FROM LOWER ECONOMIC BACKGROUNDS

This fifth session in our series focused on audiences from lower economic backgrounds. 
 
Keynote speakers include:  
 
Liza Vallance – Studio 3 Arts

Kathi Leahy - Imagineer Productions

Our speakers will be sharing their knowledge and experiences of common barriers audiences from lower economic backgrounds may encounter and how they are working towards overcoming these. At the end of the session, you will gain an understanding of good practice and identify some simple steps to take to make your events more accessible.

Each training session is designed to help you up-skill and increase your understanding of the experiences or access needs of audiences. To get the most out of this course we encourage you to attend as many of the events as you can.

Access Coventry is the first step of many on our citywide journey of creating a manifesto aimed at making Coventry a more accessible place to experience culture.

ACCESS COVENTRY: RELAXED PERFORMANCES

This sixth session in our series and will be focused on relaxed performances. 
 
Keynote speakers include:  
 
Rachael Lines (Frontline Dance)

Local Speaker and Chair: Paul O'Donnell (Shoot Festival)

Our speakers will be sharing their knowledge and experiences of relaxed performances.

ACCESS COVENTRY: DEMENTIA FRIENDLY EVENTS

This seventh session in our series and will be focused on dementia friendly events.
 
Keynote speakers include:  
 
Keynote Speakers: Christine Lee and David Slater (Entelechy Arts)

Local Speaker: Lisa Franklin


Our speakers will be sharing their knowledge and experiences of dementia friendly events.

ACCESS COVENTRY: BLIND AND PARTIALLY SIGHTED AUDIENCES

This eighth session in our series and will be focused on blind and partially sighted audiences.
 
Keynote speakers include:  
 
Keynote Speaker: Roz Chalmers

Local Speaker: Charles Bloch


Our speakers will be sharing their knowledge and experiences of blind and partially sighted audiences.

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