Friday 8 February 2013

BBC Academy, White City 201 Wood Lane, London, W12 7TS

Time: 10am - 4pm

Speakers: This workshop will be facilitated by Professor Jonathan Hassell, founder of Hassell Inclusion.

Case studies will be presented by: Peter Pavement, MD, Surface Impression; Linda Spurdle, Digital Manager, Birmingham Museum; Sarah Pickthall and Jo Verrent, co-curators of Push Me.

How to book: visit our event booking site

About the workshop

The growth of digital media has created opportunities for arts organisations and artists to encourage new forms of creativity and to widen public access to arts and culture. Our recent Creative media policy emphasises the importance of accessibility in digital culture. This broadening of participation in digital media is also supported by equality legislation and the development of new standards.

The workshop aims to: 

  • inspire arts organisations and artists to consider accessibility as a creative stimulus
  • introduce ideas, frameworks and tools to engage a wider audience
  • support the development and implementation of equality action plans

Who is the event suitable for?

This workshop is designed for arts organisations and artists who are thinking about how to ensure their digital work is accessible to disabled and marginalised people. They might already be working accessibly, or at the very beginning of this process. It may be particularly suitable for those Arts Council England funded organisations that are developing equality action plans.

Workshop outline

10am   Welcome and introductions
    Developing accessibility in your digital media
    The context: why develop accessibility?
    Building access into the digital development process
11am   Case studies
    Audience approaches to to developing websites and apps
    Accessibility as a creative stimulus
    Digital access to visual art in galleries and museums
12.30pm   Undertaking an exclusion audit
    Lunch and networking
2pm   Facilitated group work
    Working through briefs and exploring issues with
    creating accessible digital artistic and cultural works
4pm   Close

Audio, video and written content relating to the Digital capacity programme is available on the Building digital capacity for the arts minisite.

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