Truly accessible art places at its centre the idea that everyone should be able to access and enjoy it equally. Do you have a show that you don’t know how to make accessible, why not contact CRIPtic on team@cripticarts.org to discuss what you need to do?

Accessible art is art that doesn’t exclude everyone. There are lots of standard things you might wish to consider:

  • British Sign Language interpreters?
  • Audio-description?
  • Captions?
  • Is it a relaxed performance?
  • Do you give out content notes ahead of time?

Beyond that though, is an ethos of making these elements part of the production, explained wonderfully in this guide by Touretteshero (Jess Thom).

At CRIPtic, we start from this perspective of embedded or integrated access – understanding that this is a goal that will be challenging for different artists in different ways. However we strongly believe that people should build access into work from the beginning. This means that when audiences engage with it, they’re engaging with work in which access was a major aspect. It’s not a bolt-on, it all fits together, and the access is a crucial part of the work.

The CRIPtic team can come in as you’re developing your ideas. We are able to work on a consultancy basis to improve this part of your project. Furthermore, we can help with practical challenges such as budget and location, as well as artistic challenges.

It’s never too late to work on it. If the work you’ve designed is less accessible than you wanted, we can still help. If you can’t find the right venue, or the right support – if it’s almost opening night and you’ve just started to think about access – get in touch.

When you create a piece of work that is designed with an exclusion of a class of people then you’ve lost something in your art, and in your audience. We can support you to find ways of including those people, wherever you’re at in the artistic process. If you think you need help with your work, just drop us an email on team@cripticarts.org to have our support in improving your work.