Other shortlisted practices 2014

Audio description for access to arts

VocalEyes involves blind/partially sighted people in projects, from development and delivery of audio description to training, volunteer schemes and audience advocacy. This enables cultural organisations to engage a diverse audience in their collections, exhibitions and sites.

„‘VocalEyes’ strategy puts blind/partially sighted people at the heart of arts projects …”

Judy DIXEY
About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:VocalEyes
Organisation:VocalEyes
Country
of origin
United Kingdom
Beneficiaries targeted Blind and partially sighted people
Approach/ model/ solution: Accessibility to arts by audio description

FACTS & FIGURES

  • 65 museum professionals were trained in 2012/13 to offer descriptive tours
  • 5 recorded description projects were completed
  • Blind and partially sighted people were involved in creating audio description as an integral part of the Historic Duxford trail at IWM Duxford
  • 8 conferences presentations were delivered reaching 316 museum and heritage professionals

PROBLEMS TARGETED

VocalEyes Visual Arts Strategy and activity addresses the barriers blind or partially sighted people face in visiting museums, galleries and heritage sites.

PROJECT

VocalEyes’ demonstrates what is possible, through bespoke approaches and developing and nurturing of relationships, to bring the audience to enjoy and learn from their heritage and culture through audio description. VocalEyes is developing resources, systems and processes to equip more museums to make their policy commitment to access effective for the audience. Projects are carefully constructed to minimise budgets while we make the case that proper funding should be available.

CURRENT SITUATION & OUTLOOK

VocalEyes is active with a busy schedule of projects supporting museums, galleries and heritage sites in welcoming and increasing opportunities for blind and partially sighted people to enjoy arts and culture through audio description. A post for Programme Manager is being initiated to sustain this activity, in addition to the new Audience Advocate making links between cultural sites and local blind or partially sighted visitors.

VocalEyes

Kirin Saeed and Pauline Brown listen to the Historic Duxford Trail.

© IWM

CONTACT

Ms. Cassie HERSCHEL-SHORLAND
VocalEyes
1st Floor, 54 Commercial Street London E1 6LT
+44-020 7375 1043
Cassie@vocaleyes.co.uk
www.vocaleyes.co.uk

Nominated by: Judy Dixey, VocalEyes