Concrete Commitments & Inadequate Access
Concrete Commitments and Inadequate Access (hereafter Inadequate Access) is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The research is being carried out by Sam Brewer, CRIPtic Arts’ Arts and Community Lead, with support from Jamie Hale, Artistic Director.
It aims to research and develop a consensus and series of cross-sector commitments around the levels of access that should be provided for disabled (including deaf and neurodivergent) audience-members.
Our fundamental question is ‘at what point do we boycott or campaign against a project which has refused to meet feasible legal and social obligations to disabled artists and audiences?’
The research recognises that different projects are working with different scales and budgets, and will be surveying audience-members and meeting with organisations and venues to discover what is feasible for venues and organisations of varying scales, and what is unacceptable for consumers.
We will be aiming to create a working group focused on applying the findings from the research and the data collected to a campaign to pressure organisations, venues, and funders to commit to meeting these minimum standards. If you are interested in applying to be a part of this working group please e-mail email@example.com with a short biography of yourself in a format that best suits you (i.e. audio message, text, BSL video etc).
Inadequate Access is currently gathering the experiences and opinions of disabled people accessing the arts in the UK, and we’re organising paid focus groups.
Our survey can be found here. If you are a disabled person accessing the arts in the UK we would love to hear from you!
We also have a short version of the survey if you don’t have much time
The survey is also available in Easy Read format. To complete the Easy Read survey, download and complete the interactive pdf below and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like help completing the survey, please email email@example.com. If you would like more information about the research, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are able to, please also share the survey with anyone else who might be interested in participating in the research.
About the Partners
Sam is an access consultant, facilitator, actor & theatre maker. He graduated from Central School of Speech and Drama’s BA Acting CDT at Central in 2020. Since graduating he has heavily involved himself in disability related activism and was the director of The Diversity School Initiative. He is also an ambassador for the Disability Artist Network Collective. He runs workshops on access tools in the rehearsal room – skill building for practitioners on making their methodologies more accessible. These workshops are designed to be active, engaging and cheeky. Self describing the way he works as “take the work seriously, don’t take yourself seriously.” He co – founded Flawbored in 2021.