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Want to give disabled people a better arts experience? A Training & Development Day for Cultural Organisations

Tuesday 24th January 2017, 11am - 6pm
Curve, 60 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB

People Dancing and Shape Arts, in partnership with Curve, Leicester are offering a one-day training event for staff working at all levels in arts venues, festivals and cultural agencies to develop engagement with Deaf and disabled people as audiences, artists and participants.

From front of house approaches to programming strategy, this training will improve staff confidence and develop skills to enable broader and more successful engagement with disabled people - as audiences, participants and artists. The day concludes with an unprecedented showcase of professional dance work available for touring.

Opening Keynote and Panel Discussion, 11.00am - 12.30pm
The event will begin with keynote speakers and discussion including: Andrew Miller, Executive Associate at Royal & Derngate, Northampton; Tracey Proudlock, non-Executive Director, Evenbreak, Founder, Proudlock Associates and representatives of Remploy, focused on:
  • Disability in the UK - working lives, leisure and culture, and changing perceptions
  • The role of arts & culture in disabled peoples' lives - venues, creating art and taking part
  • What dance can do for disabled people - the unique offer of dance as an artform, as a creator, participant or viewer.
Open to staff from all departments and at all levels, this opening session and the following breakout groups aim to inspire more inclusive approaches and greater staff confidence in the engagement of disabled people. You'll hear from representatives of venues in the UK who have made significant, positive changes and both the benefits and challenges they've found during and after a process of change.
Specialist Breakout Sessions, 1.30pm - 4.00pm

These separate sessions will focus on specialist strands for specific departments, teams of people or sets of skills, exploring scenarios and the detail of both day-to-day working and long-term planning. Delegates will choose from:

Practical Approaches for Public-facing Teams
including building and operational challenges and solutions, improving customer / audience engagement from box office, front-of-house and catering

Marketing and Audience Development 
including creating inclusive and accessible marketing materials, providing in-performance access services and developing audiences for professional performance by disabled artists and companies

Programming and Production of Professional Dance Performance 
including ‘why programme work by disabled people?’, 
peer-led discussion, information sharing, and presentation of experiences from programmes, venue or festival directors on their support of disabled artists' work. 

Performance Showcase, 4.30pm - 6.00pm

Following the specialist sessions, all attendees will be invited to see a live showcase of current professional dance work available for programming, and to hear from artists who have work to 'pitch' or share via film. Following the showcase, there will be opportunities to meet all of the artists and performers during a drinks reception. Artists and companies presenting work at the showcase include Dan DawLaura Dajao & Charlene LowAdam PownallKate Marsh & Welly O'BrienSalamanda TandemKimberley Harvey, Flex Dance and more.

This event has been developed as part of our 11 Million Reasons to Dance programme, working with five sets of partners and their leading regional venues in the Midlands and North of England. We are delighted to be able to offer places at this event to colleagues from all other arts organisations across the UK and internationally.

Delegate places £84.50 (£65 for People Dancing member organisations or individuals), including your ticket to the performance showcase.
For specific access requirements or with questions about the event and any specific training needs, email or call us at the office, +44 (0) 116 253 3453.

We're proud to be working alongside Shape Arts and our venue partner Curve to deliver this event, supported by funding from Unlimited Impact and Arts Council England.