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Q & A: Arts For All insights

The Q & A interviews on this page cover a range of topics, providing insights into making your venues, performing arts and literary events, galleries and museums more accessible. If there's a topic you would like to see covered on this page, contact Claire Noble, Community Development Co-ordinator, Arts Access Aotearoa (T: 04 802 4349 E: claire.noble@artsaccess.org.nz).

Developing an accessibility policy

Sue Jane, Education and Outreach Co-ordinator, Chamber Music New Zealand, talks to Arts Access Aotearoa about what was involved in developing the organisation’s accessibility policy.

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Audio Described Aotearoa

Putting blind people in the picture is what Auckland audio describer Nicola Owen does for a living. She talks to Arts Access Aotearoa about touch tours and audio description of arts and cultural events, and the growing demand for audio description.

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Making sense of sensory tours

Judith Jones is a trained audio describer and Visitor Services Tour Host at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. She talks to Arts Access Aotearoa about the 2015 pilot tour of selected works in Ngā Toi │Arts Te Papa and how the GLAM sector (galleries, libraries, archives, museums) can provide more meaningful experiences for people who are blind or have low vision.

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Gallery’s Insightful Tours for blind visitors

Lynda Cullen, Visitor Programmes Officer, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, talks to Arts Access Aotearoa about the gallery’s commitment to accessibility and its Insightful Tours
for blind and vision impaired visitors.

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Sign interpreting theatre

What are some key differences between sign interpreting a meeting and theatre? What are some of the challenges of interpreting theatre? and what should venues or companies consider before booking a sign interpreted performance? New Zealand Sign Language interpreter Saran Goldie-Anderson talks to Arts Access Aotearoa about the multiple skills required to sign interpret theatre.

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Exhibiting accessibility and inclusion

The exhibition Tirohia Mai, Look at Us Now marked 120 years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand and opened in the National Library of New Zealand in Wellington in June 2013. Robyn Hunt joined a group of women advisors to bring the perspective of disabled women to the exhibition, and to help ensure its accessibility. Robyn, who is partially sighted and a leading communications accessibility consultant, writes about the process and challenges in ensuring an accessible exhibition.

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