Making digital work accessible

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Making digital work accessible

May 31, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Join us at this event which is supported by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from Arts Council England.

Helen Spencer, commissioning executive for The Space, will be joined by practitioners who’ll discuss their work, whether extending access to existing or new works, or using technology to offer audiences different perspectives on the world.

Speakers and case studies:

Jo Verrent, senior producer at Unlimited. Jo, whose background includes creating, producing and curating art, will offer insights into enhancing equality and access across the arts.

Opera North have created signed, captioned and audio described versions of a filmed performance to extend access to their recent production Trouble in Tahiti. Alice Gilmour, access officer, for the company will share learnings from the project.

Jane Gauntlett, writer, director and producer, who has recently been awarded a R&D award from Unlimited. Jane will discuss her use of virtual and mixed reality technologies to create intimate, interactive theatre for her audience. 

Producer Louise Wildish will describe how a digital approach, starting with access as the priority, underpinned the development of new audience experiences in photography exhibition and short film programme 11 Million Reasons to Dance.

The workshop will weave small group discussions between presentations and case studies, with delegates contributing experiences and ideas to the mix.  We’ll debate key questions: How might digital transform perceptions of access within arts and culture? If accessibility is central to the development of digital work, what new artistic and technical possibilities emerge? And can there be full accessibility when what works for one audience member creates a barrier for another?

We’ll also consider practical considerations: What are the limitations of digital in increasing accessibility, and what are the emerging creative possibilities? How might I apply this to my work, and what might my next steps be?

Further details:

The workshop is for arts organisations and artists with an active interest in using digital platforms and technologies to reach and engage with all audiences.

We have 15 available places in addition to 10 places held by artists supported by Unlimited. 

Registration will open at 10.30am and the workshop will finish at 4.00pm.

This workshop is produced in collaboration with Unlimited will be hosted by Opera North, and held in the Howard Assembly Room. 

Unlimited is a commissioning programme managed by Shape Arts and Artsadmin, which supports ambitious, creative projects by outstanding disabled artists and companies.  Find out more about Unlimited here.


Opera North, 46 New Briggate
Opera North, 46 New Briggate
LS1 6NU, Leeds gb