CRIPtic Arts: Research, Resources, Revolution

CRIPtic Arts: Research, Resources, Revolution

CRIPtic Arts is proud to launch our newly formed research and development wing – Research, Resources, Revolution. With this launch, we are announcing two new research projects, Concrete Commitments and Inadequate Access and Always the Audience, Never the Star. These projects are designed to research specific barriers for deaf and disabled people in the arts, using that research to inform resources – and, eventually, sector revolution.

Concrete Commitments and 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 deaf and disabled audience-members. Our question is ‘at what point do we boycott or campaign against a project which has refused to meet feasible legal and social obligations to deaf and 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. 

This will be used to create a set of minimum expectations for venues and organisations to commit to, which will hopefully lead to cross-sector change, aiming to influence everyone from active creative practitioners and audiences to funding bodies and policymakers.

Getting involved

Inadequate Access is currently gathering the experiences and opinions of deaf and disabled people accessing the arts in the UK, and our survey can be found here.

Always the Audience, Never the Star

Always the Audience, Never the Star (hereafter Always the Audience) is funded by Arts Council England and is being carried out in partnership with Spread the Word and Red Pencil. The research is being carried out by Dr Jessi Parrott, CRIPtic Arts’ Research and Policy Lead, with support from Jamie Hale, Artistic Director.

It seeks to explore the experiences of disabled artists with significant physical access requirements who are engaging (or aiming to engage) professionally with London theatres. The aim is to give space for people from this particularly under-represented and under-researched group to share their experiences of barriers, as well as examples of positive practices. The project is focussed on performers, although we understand that many people have multiple roles within their creative careers.

This research will be used to create a report, practical guidance, and training materials for people and venues.

Getting involved

Always the Audience is currently researching the experiences and opinions of people who fit our research criteria and are engaging (or aiming to engage) professionally with London theatres as performers. This does not mean that you have to have worked, or be working, professionally in London theatres, but means that you should be aiming to do so. 

The research criteria are:

  • In need of constant care and/or support
  • Reliant on hoist-adapted toilets / Changing Places facilities
  • Use alternative or augmentative communication (AAC)
  • Use switch, eyegaze, or other similar adaptive technology to access a computer

If you fit these criteria and wish to be involved, our survey can be found here: