Accessibility in The Arts - online seminar

Accessibility in The Arts - online seminar


The Library Presents and Babylon Arts are set to host an online seminar aimed at upskilling artists and performers with the knowledge required to make their work more accessible for people with protected characteristics.

The Library Presents is a vibrant and inclusive programme of arts activities taking place in towns across Cambridgeshire and online. Events often include; music, theatre, art, dance, storytelling, comedy, puppetry and digital arts. 

This season, a key focus is on providing training for artists who wish to create work, whether that be a performance or workshop, for or with people with protected characteristics.

The seminar will be hosted via Zoom on Wednesday 8th February 2023 from 1-2pm. Tickets are £5 per person and are available to purchase online at 

With a specially selected line up of speakers presenting the best practice from lived experience, who already have experience of producing such work, the seminar will provide valuable insight on inclusiveness in the arts sector and will discuss the considerations artists who are creating work should be aware of.

This will be a spoken presentation with a visual PowerPoint to accompany, chaired by Michael Corley, Chief Executive at Babylon Arts, and will conclude with a questions and answers session.

The event will be BSL interpreted.     

Seminar plan as follows: 

5 minutes – Welcome from Babylon Arts 

10 minutes - Speaker 1 – Theresa Veith, Executive Director at Vital Xposure will present a case study on a production they toured in the autumn, in which they integrated access (BSL, titling and audio description) into the production as a creative element from the production's inception, rather than adding in access for the tour at the end of the rehearsal process. 

10 minutes - Speaker 2 – Content Artist Lily Norton & Projects Manager James Greenhalgh from Stopgap Dance Company will share the company’s considerations for inclusive best practice when working with Disabled artists, and how they’ve been exploring integrated creative access to make work accessible to Disabled audiences.

10 minutes – Speaker 3 – Nathan Jones, The Library Presents Coordinator will present a case study on Kane & Abel, including an outline of The Library Present’s experience of creating relaxed performances. In particular talking about the implications of offering a relaxed performance for the performer.

5 minutes – Gemma Crossland, BSL interpreter will sign the seminar and present the requirements of a BSL interpreter when being booked for an event/performance. 

15 minutes - Q&A facilitated by Babylon Arts


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