I am thrilled to work on this new project, ‘Engage and Interact’ (2018/2019). It is a research and development project led by Jo-anne Cox, an exceptional cellist and a great person to work with.
The aim is to create a multi-sensory and interactive cello performance, where access features are enhancing the aesthetics of the show and offer new ways for audiences to experience and engage with the performance.
The process is exciting and each step is revealing something beautiful in this project. Below is a short clip from the first development day in November 2018:
Throughout 2016 – 2017 I worked on ‘visits4u’, an 18-month project on inclusive tourism, on behalf of the Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE). It was co-funded by the COSME Programme of the European Union.
The pillar of ‘visits4u’ was to build capacity of the tourism sector across the partners’ regions in six European countries: Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Spain and the UK. This was achieved through training activities that increased awareness and skills in developing inclusive tourism provision.
Following on from these activities, a series of online tools and resources has been developed, which are available for free via the project’s website: Access Guides, Case Studies and Online Training Modules for tourism businesses.
The project also introduced the use of information in Easy Read and Sign Languages (national ones and International Signs) in the production and promotion of tourism packages. Click here to find out more.
Published articles in the Access by Design journal, written by Foteini Galanopoulou, European Project Manager for CAE: Issue 146, in PDF and WORD (text only) – Issue 147, in PDF and WORD (text only).
The 1960s’ industrial building on Cremer Street that has been home to the late-opening events locked its doors on 3rd March 2016. It will be demolished, alongside adjacent buildings, to make way for a new development, which it is said to include a 20-storey tower block. Resident artists and creative agencies had to evacuate the premises in search of a new affordable London studio. Inevitably, filmpro lates have been affected and the showcase / event potential at the filmpro office are yet to be confirmed.
The events were featured in the ‘Access by Design’ Journal (Issue No 144) as an example of an inclusive art project; you can read the article in PDF and in WORD.
Before you leave this page, it is worth checking Lotta’s post, a moving piece about the soon-to-disappear artists’ studios on Cremer Street.
The final event for 2015 was a truly exciting roller coster, working closely with Extant, a professional performing arts company of visually impaired people. Extant premiered their film called ‘Z EyeZ’, the final product of an impromptu collaboration with other visually impaired theatre companies when they met at the ‘2013 Blind in Theatre Festival’ in Zagreb.
Z eyeZ poster. An eye chart with letters Z, EYE, Z
It was no coincidence that the event date was the 3rd December, the UN’s International Day of Disabled People. The film itself offered a witty insight into attitudes towards visual impairment, blending science (through the power of bubbles!) and perceptions of sight restoration.
This time, the space was converted into a clinic, the London branch of Zagreb’s Sloboda Clinic! Staff included a nurse at reception and three doctors whose names were no cause of concern: Dr What, Dr Witch and Dr Wherever!
Dr Witch’s desk ready to welcome patients
The event was an absolute thrill and this excellent review by Extant says it all: