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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 Stace Robertson, Access, Inclusion and Participation Advisor, Arts Access Aotearoa (T: 04 802 4349 E: stace.robertson@artsaccess.org.nz).

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Audio description: a 2020 personal sampler

Audio describer Judith Jones shares a list of audio descriptions she has been listening to recently. Read more

Developing an accessibility policy

Why is it important for your organisation to have an accessibility policy? Pascale Parenteau, Education, Community and Accessibility Manager, Royal New Zealand Ballet, talks to Arts Access Aotearoa about what was involved in developing an accessibility policy for the national ballet company.

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Q & A: Developing an accessibility policy (pdf 203KB)

Q & A: Developing an accessibility policy (Word 692KB)

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 what happened when New Zealand went into lockdown in March 2020 because of COVID-19.

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Q & A: Audio Described Aotearoa

Q & A: Audio Described Aotearoa 

Gallery opens doors to its art for students

Hastings City Art Gallery offers free education programmes for students of all levels and learning abilities. Its Gallery Educator, Kelsey Hankins, talks to Arts Access Aotearoa about the processes and challenges of developing a programme for students at Kōwhai Specialist School in Hastings.

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Q & A: Hastings City Art Gallery [pdf 240KB]

Q&A: Hastings City Art Gallery [Word 769KB]

Integrating audio description into a dance performance

What does integrated audio description mean and what’s involved? Judith Jones, audio describer and member of WIDance (Wellington Integrated Dance) discusses this new concept and what was involved in audio describing The Art of Observation.

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Integrating audio description into a dance performance 
Integrating audio description into a dance performance 

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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Q & A: Making sense of sensory tours

Q & A: Making sense of sensory tours

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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Q & A: Gallery's Insightful Tours for blind visitors

 Q & A: Gallery's Insightful Tours for blind visitors 

Sensory relaxed performances at Tim Bray Theatre Company

What are relaxed/sensory relaxed performances and what are the benefits to a theatre company in providing them? Tim Bray, Artistic Director, and Katie Querin, Company Stage Manager, of Auckland’s Tim Bray Theatre Company talk to Arts Access Aotearoa about the challenges and opportunities to connect with young audiences.

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Q & A: Sensory relaxed performances at Tim Bray Theatre Company (pdf 502KB)

Q & A: Sensory relaxed performances at Tim Bray Theatre Company (Word 979 KB)

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 Leo Goldie-Anderson talks to Arts Access Aotearoa about the multiple skills required to sign interpret theatre.

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Q & A: Sign interpreting theatre 

Q & A: Sign interpreting theatre 

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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Q & A: Exhibiting accessibility and inclusion

Q & A: Exhibiting accessibility and inclusion

 

 

 
 

Stace Robertson

STACE ROBERTSON: Stace is Access, Inclusion and Participation Advisor, Arts Access Aotearoa (T: 04802 4349 E: (stace.robertson@artsaccess.org.nz). More about Stace

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MAKING THE ARTS MORE ACCESSIBLE: This video, made by Deafradio’s Seeflow translation service for Arts Access Aotearoa, lets Deaf people know about some of the ways artists, performing arts companies, festivals, museums, galleries and venues can make the arts more accessible.


CONNECTING THROUGH MUSIC: this video was made by Lala Rolls of Island Productions Aotearoa for Arts Access Aotearoa and Chamber Music New Zealand.


ACCESS FOR ALL:
“The good thing about being focused on access and accessibility is that you create a better experience for everybody,” says Philip Patston in this video, made by Lala Rolls of Island Productions Aotearoa for Arts Access Aotearoa. 

 

 

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