This site now acts as an archive only. For the latest news, opinion, blogs and listings on disability arts and culture visit disabilityarts.online.

Disability Arts Online

State of The Arts Conference, 14th Feb 2012 (Blog1) / 16 February 2012

I was selected as one of 50 bursary winners to attend the State of The Arts Conference in Manchester, on 14th February. You can read the twitter stream by looking up the hashtag #SOTA12 and podcasts will be available soon.

OK. Lets start with the really obvious thing, that shouldn’t have been obvious at all.

Throughout the conference, even on the film, there were no subtitles, and no BSL Interpreters. What were ACE thinking? Has it been like this for the past three years?

This was my first year attending the State Of The Arts Conference, and maybe I’ve got used to being surrounded by disabled artists, each of whom have their own access needs. But it was a little shocking for me to be at an arts conference where no access issues had been considered. Please think about this next year.

That’s that out the way.

The actual conference itself was interesting, and definitely worth going to. After the keynote speeches, a lively discussion took place (titled 2012 And Then What?) which drew one blank look from Ed Vaizey MP & some interesting points from others. Key issues were about local councillors not understanding how relevant the Arts are (Ed Vaizey agreed to write to all local councillors to tell them) and (perhaps more obviously) what’s going to happen after the Olympics. I won’t mention the numerous Valentine’s day puns because they were awful.

Kirsty Wark did a brilliant job with the panel, (and throughout the day) particularly with Vaizey, who at times seems to agree to nearly everything people were saying. The sticking point though, was with the issue of Visa’s for international Artists coming to the UK, which proved to be a hot topic for a number of organisations in the audience.

Over all, attending the conference was a good experience, one that I’m glad I went too. I shall be posting about the other sessions in the next few days, so watch this space. 

Keywords: 2012 olympics,access issues,art,audiences,business

Comments

Gary Thomas

/
29 February 2012

Liz, There was a loop system in the theatre, but not sure it was working well during the afternoon sessions. Don't know if there was anything else in the breakout sessions.

Jo, it really doesn't take this long to do subtitles...

Thanks Colin, will have a look at the blog.

Gary Thomas

/
29 February 2012

Liz, There was a loop system in the theatre, but not sure it was working well during the afternoon sessions. Don't know if there was anything else in the breakout sessions.

Jo, it really doesn't take this long to do subtitles...

Thanks Colin, will have a look at the blog.

liz Porter

/
22 February 2012

Urm access and conferences... I wonder how much audio description was or wasn't on offer?

Jo Verrent

/
18 February 2012

And I put a piece about the lack of online access up here too: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/jo-verrent/state-of-the-arts-access-for-all_b_1278895.html

I have heard since then direct from ACE National via twitter:

"Captions and transcripts will follow - unfortunately it does take a bit of production time…”

So fingers crossed...

Colin Hambrook

/
17 February 2012

You aren't the only person complaining about access Gary. Take a look at the SOTA blog http://sotablog.artscouncil.org.uk/

Add a comment

Please leave your comments. They will display when submitted. DAO encourages critical feedback, but please be considerate. DAO reserves the right to edit or remove comments that don't comply with our editorial policy, which you can find on DAOs 'About' pages.

Your e-mail address will not be revealed to the public.
HTML is forbidden, but line-breaks will be retained.
This can be a URL of an image or a YouTube, MySpaceTV or a Flickr page (we'll handle the media embedding from there!)
This is to prevent automatic submissions.