Friday 13th August, 11.30am - 1.30pm - Online
Access Coventry is a series of online training sessions targeted at professional artists and the small-scale independent arts sector based in Coventry and Warwickshire.
These training sessions are aimed at equipping artists with knowledge and practical strategies to provide for different audiences with different access needs.
This seventh session focuses on relaxed events.
Keynote speaker is:
Rachael Lines - FRONTLINEdance
Established in 2001, FRONTLINEdance is a disability dance company providing high quality professional performance and participatory work in communities and hospitals.
Artistic Director Rachael Lines has been working with disabled people for over 30 years and in 2014 she started making work for hospitals, trying out new approaches to performing work in this environment where interaction, connection, and engagement with the audience was key, up close, personal, sensitive and intuitive.
In 2019, the company created the regions first disability arts festival (#FAF2019) to showcase the work of disabled artists, and to ensure it was a fully accessible festival so all audiences, no matter what disability they had, could just turn up and have their access needs met.
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.