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We profile artists, arts organisations, accessible venues and people in the disability sector.

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Case study: Dunedin Public Art Gallery's insightful tours

2 April 2012 A key challenge for Lynda Cullen, Co-ordinator, Visitor Programmes, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, was working out how to explain size to participants in her "insightful tours" for blind and vision impaired visitors. View Case study: Dunedin Public Art Gallery's insightful tours...

Case study: Taki Rua's accessibility policy

26 March 2012 Attending the Arts For All Wellington Network forums and discussion groups motivated Esther Green, Operational Manager at Taki Tua Productions, to develop an accessibility policy for the national Māori theatre company. View Case study: Taki Rua's accessibility policy...

Case study: Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

4 October 2011 Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth is the inaugural recipient of the Big ‘A' Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award. A key benefit of receiving the award is that it's encouraged the gallery to continue its journey of ensuring accessibility, says its Communications and Experience Manager, Felicity Connell. Plus there's nothing like having the spotlight on you to ensure you stay focussed! View Case study: Govett-Brewster Art Gallery...

Case study: an audio-described performance of The Pohutukawa Tree

9 March 2011 Sarah Adams graduated from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School in 2010 with a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Management). As production manager of The Pohutukawa Tree, Toi Whakaari's graduating production, she took up the challenge of providing an audio-described performance of this iconic New Zealand play. View Case study: an audio-described performance of The Pohutukawa Tree...

Case study: Arts and Disability Ireland

1 February 2011 Arts and Disability Ireland is a national arts development organisation, based in Dublin. Pádraig Naughton, Director of Arts and Disability Ireland, talks to Arts Access Aotearoa about Arts and Disability Ireland's role, some of its key partnerships and projects, and its plans for 2011 and beyond. View Case study: Arts and Disability Ireland...

Case study: Sadler’s Wells

31 January 2011 What Sadler's Wells has achieved, in terms of its access and ongoing commitment, is huge, says Sarah Howard, Access Officer, Sadler's Wells, London. View Case study: Sadler’s Wells...

Case study: City Gallery Wellington

20 May 2010 Providing meaningful ways for various communities to access and engage with art at City Gallery Wellington is a key part of Kirsty Glengarry's role as Manager of Education and Public Programmes. View Case study: City Gallery Wellington...

Case study: The Court Theatre

20 May 2010 Given that The Court Theatre is housed in a heritage building, you might think that the barriers and challenges would be huge. But The Court Theatre is an accessible theatre. View Case study: The Court Theatre...

Case study: Suzanne Cowan

20 May 2010 "A career as a dancer and choreographer might seem an unusual occupation for someone who uses a wheelchair but this has been my focus for the past ten years," writes Suzanne Cowan. View Case study: Suzanne Cowan...

Case study: Touch Compass Dance Trust

20 May 2010 For Touch Compass Dance Trust, accessibility is not just about venues. It's about changing people's perceptions, attitudes and practices. It's about respecting individual differences and encouraging individual creativity. View Case study: Touch Compass Dance Trust...

Catering for disabled audiences on Broadway

15 March 2010 Audio descriptions for blind or vision-impaired Broadway theatre-goers are not dull commentary, as some might imagine. In fact, they can make insightful listening for all theatre-goers because "our eyes are lazy", says Lisa Carling, director of accessibility programmes for the Theatre Development Fund (TDF). View Catering for disabled audiences on Broadway...

Audio description provides equal access to arts events

23 December 2009 "Our culture today is becoming increasingly visual and less text-oriented," Mary Schnackenberg told participants at an audio description seminar at Te Papa in December. "But for blind people, pictures are of no use. We need the words." View Audio description provides equal access to arts events...

City Gallery Wellington opens its doors

4 December 2009 City Gallery Wellington re-opened its doors in late September 2009 after a one-year building programme. Within the first month, it provided tours for Deaf and hearing impaired people of the exhibition Mirrored Years by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. It also worked with the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind to run a touch workshop about the exhibition Make Way: Regan Gentry. View City Gallery Wellington opens its doors...

Touch Compass on tour

4 December 2009 From its first performance in Auckland in 1997, Touch Compass has earned a reputation as a ground-breaking contemporary dance company. The pioneer of integrated dance in New Zealand, it presents one major season or tour a year (depending on funding), and provides ongoing classes and workshops. View Touch Compass on tour...

"Accessibility in everything we do"

4 December 2009 An exhibition by Venezuelan artist Javier Téllez, presented in March 2009 by New Plymouth's Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, was a perfect opportunity to reach out to the local vision impaired community. View "Accessibility in everything we do"...

 
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