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Street arts sector launches guidelines for disabled access

  • March 5, 2010
  • Bruce Bromley

New guidelines have been published for street artists to help make events more accessible for deaf and disabled people.

ISAN’s Access Toolkit was written by the disability-led arts organisation Attitude is Everything and includes advice on programming work by deaf and disabled artists, building deaf and disabled audiences, planning the layout of an event and working with volunteers.

The report has been awarded London 2012’s Inspire Mark and was partly funded by Accentuate, an Olympic legacy programme for the south east. Speaking at the launch of the guide, chair of the Cultural Olympiad Board Tony Hall said: “We have got a chance of showcasing just how good and ambitious we can be at opening up all that culture, arts, heritage and the creative industries broadly to people, all people.”

The toolkit will be sent to all ISAN members and members of the National Association of Local Government Arts Officers. It is available in a variety of accessible formats, and is available to download at www.streetartsnetwork.org.uk. The launch follows the announcement of the first ten commissions for London 2012’s disability arts programme, Unlimited.

The commissions, which are worth more than £400,000 in funding from London 2012 and Arts Council England, include London’s Candoco Dance Company and Stumble Dance Circus from Yorkshire. These are Ruth Mackenzie’s first commissions for the Cultural Olympiad since she took up the post of director at the beginning of the year.

Unlimited has a £1.5 million commissioning pot for collaborations between disability arts organisations, disabled artists and producers and mainstream arts bodies.