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Access Forum

The Access Forum is, in it's physical form, a quarterly meeting for arts organisations, individuals, audience members, freelancers, creators, makers and everyone in between to get together and talk about access.

On this group, we'll be sharing what we discuss at those meetings, the ideas we have, and any thoughts you might have on access.

We're aiming to make everything we do more accessible to more people, and to share everything we do to help each other.

Location: Currently Cardiff
Members: 38
Latest Activity: Oct 25

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Access Forum: Meeting Minutes and Ideas 5 Replies

Our first meeting was held on Wednesday 2 March, at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, with our second at Sherman Theatre Cardiff.Please check back here next week for all the minutes and ideas raised in…Continue

Started by Rhian Lewis. Last reply by Rhian Lewis Oct 25.

Resources and Top Tips 1 Reply

Hi allOn this thread, I will start posting resources that have been found and made after each Access Forum.I'm currently working on the Marketing and Communications Resource, which will include…Continue

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Started by Rhian Lewis. Last reply by National Theatre Wales May 31.

Any Ideas? 7 Replies

If you've got an idea, thought or something you'd like to discuss, please share it here...Continue

Started by Rhian Lewis. Last reply by Rhian Lewis Feb 6.

Deaf Theatre Club at the Sherman Theatre

Hi Please find some resources below we have created for Deaf Theatre Club at the Sherman TheatreThanks to Jonny Cotsen and Stephanie Back for all their helpWe have recently added some BSL videos we…Continue

Started by Guy O'Donnell Feb 4.

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Comment by Megan Merrett on November 16, 2016 at 12:26

Hello

Would be great to see you at the Walls:Muriau symposium on 24th November at Wales Millennium Centre.

Brought to you by hynt in partnership with Disability Arts Cymru we'll be focusing on:

How we can reduce stigma and challenge perceptions around mental health

  • Audience Development: what we can do to increase access to and involvement in the arts for those experiencing and living with mental ill health
  • Artists: what we can do to support emerging and established artists living with mental illness

Presenting in the morning:

Professor Mike Kerr, a clinical psychiatrist researching the overlaps between learning disability, psychiatric disorders and epilepsy. “Breaking down the barriers: Improving mental health in people with a learning disability.” (focus on reducing stigma and outlining what Mental Health means)

Catriona James, independent dance artist (focusing on working practices, the artist’s perspective and making and promoting work about Mental Health)  

Karin Diamond, Re-Live (focusing on audience development, professional training and marketing “issue based” work from a touring theatre company perspective)

Mark Smith, Making Minds - mental health and the arts

Panel discussion:

Viv Gordon, Mean Feet Dance

Strinda Davies, Arts Development UK

Rhys Bevan-Jones, http://rhysbevanjones.com/page2.htm

Book spaces here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/symposiwm-wallsmuriau-symposium-ticket...  

Comment by Rhian Lewis on November 14, 2016 at 11:25
Another note from me!
Support Captioning Awareness week this week! 
 
Find out how you can get involved in #CAPaware16... http://www.stagetext.org/reviews/captioning-awareness-week
Comment by Rhian Lewis on November 14, 2016 at 10:35

Hi everyone,

Please pop 7th of December in your diaries (heavily penicilled!) as the next date for the Access Forum. We really want to get one in before Christmas, so fingers crossed lots of you can come. I'll be back in touch with location and times asap!

Thanks

Rhian

Comment by National Theatre Wales on November 8, 2016 at 11:33

Hi Access Forum crew!

Wales' Mental Health Festival is coming up, and I wanted to let you all know what's going on across the event.

Weston Studio Events

Glanfa Stage Events

There's also a call out for volunteers to support the events. More info here

Thanks!

Rhian

Comment by Rhian Lewis on September 5, 2016 at 14:07

Hi Everyone,

As you know from the last Forum meet up, City of the Unexpected is very much on our doorsteps!

Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 September will see the city taken over by Roald Dahl's imagination, and we have loads of access provision going on across the two days that we'd love to get the word out about - hopefully with your help!

If you can share this on any of your channels, or to your followers, that would be brilliant.

On Saturday, there will be Audio Description, Captioning, viewing areas and platforms while on Sunday there will be mainly audio description as it is a highly visual day.

All the info can be found on the website, along with booking details - you just need to call 029 2064 6363 or email ticket.office@wmc.org.uk. We're recommending booking as we're expecting large crowds, but there is provision to accomodate people on the day.

Link to the COTU website: http://cityoftheunexpected.wales/accessibility

Please give me a shout if you have any questions - it's going to be a great weekend in Cardiff!

x

Comment by National Theatre Wales on July 20, 2016 at 13:01

Hi everyone,

Minutes from the last Access Forum meeting are now posted in the discussion above

Thanks

Rhian

x

Comment by AVANT on July 15, 2016 at 14:57

Hi All, Avant are experimenting with using swipe.to at their performance of Love Labours Won at the Redhouse, Merthyr. Detail below. The show is in Shakespearean text, so we feel that this will really be a great testing ground to see if this technology works.

If you can make it we would really appreciate your feedback.

Comment by AVANT on July 15, 2016 at 14:54

Comment by Megan Merrett on June 29, 2016 at 16:21
Hi. Hynt has invited cardholders to an event tomorrow. If any of you can make it too, it would be great to see you there:
Thursday 30 June 2016

1:45pm – 2:15pm Elevator, Jessie Brett Dance Company (part of http://www.hijinx.org.uk/unity/),at the Glanfa (foyer space), Wales Millennium Centre

2:15pm – 4:00pm Tea, coffee, cake and chat about hynt at the Urdd, Wales Millennium Centre

What do you think of hynt? What shows have you seen with the card? Do you use the listings on our website? What could we do better?

Hynt is the national access scheme for theatres and arts centres in Wales. We work to give a consistent offer for visitors and their carers, companions or Personal Assistants.

Elevator is a 30-minute dance from Jessie Brett Dance Company, performed by an international cast of disabled and non-disabled dancers.

Please RSVP to: megan@creucymru.com so that we can make sure we have enough cake! Elevator is free, you won’t need a ticket. If you can’t make the show but would like to pop along for a chat you’re more than welcome.
Comment by Rhian Lewis on June 16, 2016 at 8:19

Hi all

We're now confirmed for the next Access Forum!

Hope you can all join us on Thursday 7 July, 6-8pm at Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

More info here

Any questions, give me a shout
x

 

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