Accessibility

At Art with Heart we always consider accessibility for audiences and participants, from providing British Sign Language interpreters to subsidised tickets

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Social Model of Disability

We subscribe to the social model of disability which says that disability is caused by society’s set up, rather than by a person’s impairment or difference. With this in mind we are active in trying remove any barriers for people we work with, whether that be audiences, artists or participants.

We take our responsibility to provide access seriously and when working with venues try and ensure they are physically accessible and inform people of any barriers in advance.

  • Our Creative Director Sarah has BSL Level 3. As a company we have attended D/deaf awareness training and learnt basic British Sign Language with Genie Networks. We want our hearing and BSL using audiences to have the same experience so we fully translate our work from English to BSL and work with our interpreter closely in rehearsals.
  • For our touring production Declaration we worked with Extant, Britain’s leading professional performing arts company of visually impaired people to help improve access to our work and develop a touch tour.

Please email Sarah if you would like to set up a Skype or FaceTime chat in BSL.

Mental Health and Neurodiversity*

As a company we work hard to promote positive mental health and wellbeing, working with venues and artists to help improve experiences for audiences, participants and creatives living with mental ill health.

We have provided contribution to national conversations around audience wellbeing and strive to create environments and experiences in which neurodiverse audiences, participants, artists and collaborators feel comfortable.

*Neurodiversity: where neurological differences are to be recognised and respected as any other human variation. These can include ADHD, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Autistic Spectrum, Tourette Syndrome, and others.

Economic Access

When addressing access barriers in the arts we feel it’s important to acknowledge economic barriers and work hard to ensure that finance isn’t a barrier to taking part in our projects. Whether generating funding support or negotiating special ticket offers, we will do all we can to ensure those who want to can access our work.

We would recommend our friends

  • Graeae Theatre Company who are big champions of D/deaf and disabled artists in mainstream programmes
  • Genie Networks to learn British Sign Language and D/deaf awareness training
  • Visits Unlimited to learn how to make your workplace more accessible and inclusive or share examples of accessible places to visit