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.

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Breaking Out of the Box 4: Wales - a Diverse Arts Scene? Access ForumPlease come to Breaking Out of the Box 4: Wales - A…Continue

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Started by Megan Merrett Feb 8, 2018.

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 Richards. Last reply by Rhian Richards Oct 25, 2017.

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 Richards. Last reply by National Theatre Wales May 31, 2017.

Any Ideas? 7 Replies

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

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Comment by Megan Merrett on November 22, 2016 at 3:53

Looking forward to seeing y'all on the 7th at my first Access Forum (*hangs head in shame*).


I've added the Walls:Muriau Symposium as an event on here. Would be great to see lots of you there as a precursor to this discussion on audience.

Thursday 24th November, 10am-4pm

Wales Millennium Centre, Weston Studio

The focus is on Mental Health, audience development and working practices for artists, audiences and arts professionals with mental ill health. Should be a great day of lively discussion. Details of speakers and panel on the event page.

Please, pretty please book on ASAP here:

We've tried to keep it as cheap as possible and the cost includes your lunch.

Any questions or comments just throw them my way on here, on twitter @megomerrett or @we_are_hynt or email

Comment by Rhian Richards on November 21, 2016 at 0:35

Next Access Forum confirmed!

Access Forum: Audience
Wednesday 7th December, 6-8pm
Wales Millennium Centre, Plant Room (Please sign in at Stage Door)

Let us know you're coming here

We'll be focusing on the audience, and how we communicate with them, reach them, market our shows to them. We'll then open up the discussion to cover any topics which may be of interest to you.


Comment by Megan Merrett on November 16, 2016 at 1:26


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,

Book spaces here:  

Comment by Rhian Richards on November 14, 2016 at 0:25
Another note from me!
Support Captioning Awareness week this week! 
Find out how you can get involved in #CAPaware16...
Comment by Rhian Richards on November 13, 2016 at 23:35

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!



Comment by National Theatre Wales on November 8, 2016 at 0:33

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



Comment by Rhian Richards on September 5, 2016 at 3:07

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 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:

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


Comment by National Theatre Wales on July 20, 2016 at 2:01

Hi everyone,

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




Comment by AVANT on July 15, 2016 at 3:57

Hi All, Avant are experimenting with using 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 3:54


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