|Aims||Were these met?||Improvements / actions|
|To “have a go” at audio description||Experimental approach – inviting writers||Involve more visually impaired writers|
|To be creative and have fun||Creative writers
Participants and writers said it was “enjoyable”, “fun”, “brilliant” etc
|Several descriptions the same artworks to give different viewpoints|
|To improve access to works in the gallery||“They made the paintings come alive and it was a great way to describe the art to the visually impaired.”||BSL interpretation for further layers of accessibility|
|To bring visually impaired and sighted people together||Yes. Good balance, with only slightly more sighted people
Informal, friendly atmosphere
“I could feel a real sense of community among us all, writers and audience. Like we were on a bit of an adventure…”
|Ensure sighted people don’t dominate discussions through facilitation.
Manage numbers through invitations or through timetabling the event differently (fewer descriptions / longer event / drop-in / descriptions running concurrently etc).
|To show that creative audio description is of interest and engages a broad audience||Yes – responses and engagement of visually impaired and sighted people||Consider making it a public event
(but aim for balance as above)
|To get people talking about art and about accessibility||Yes – as above
“There is a curious tension between writing about art and writing/performing for access which has got me thinking”
|Use social media to amplify discussion|
|To produce guidelines for audio describing artworks
|Writers found these useful and had clearly referred to them||https://sortitout24.wordpress.com/
|To pilot a low-cost approach that could be easily replicated||Yes – focus was on delivering live event, as research participants valued presence of people in the gallery more than technology||An exercise for local writers’ groups e.g. libraries’ writing groups.
Low cost meant that high quality recordings were out of scope
And a Presentation Gill Crawshaw gc269357 LAUMACUP705 (pdf 1.07 MB) given to the MA Curation Practices cohort at our end of year symposium at Tate Liverpool.