Accessibility in the Arts

Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, St James's

Accessibility in the Arts

Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, St James's
Accessibility in the Arts - YPIA Event

Accessibility in the Arts | 15th September 2022 | 6pm

Location: Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, St James's

Join Young People in the Arts for an exclusive tour of the ‘Penny World’ exhibition at the ICA. This event will examine one way in which galleries — and the young professionals working in them — are embracing neurodiversity by creating spaces that are welcoming to people who have sensory sensitivities. 

The past two years have given us all time to reflect, and many organisations are recognising the need to ensure that a wider and more diverse group of people have access to creativity, participation, learning and involvement in the arts.

The walk-around is designed to highlight the different sensory triggers that need to be communicated to visitors with autistic spectrum conditions or sensory processing difficulties, when visiting a visual arts exhibition. If you're interested in learning about about accessibility within curation, exhibitions and public events then this is the event for you. 

We will provide a sensory map of the lower gallery which includes images of where sensory triggers are located. As an interactive activity, attendees will be given a blank floor plan of the upper gallery in which they can plot where sensory triggers are located. We will then discuss this to see what sensory triggers may not have been accounted for.

We will also provide an example from the Royal Academy of a visual story pack which highlights what faces a visitor would see around the gallery, what places they would see when arriving and also useful information like exits, toilets and stairs/lift access. We will discuss what we would include in a pack that represents the ICA. 

This event is ticket at £5 members / £10 non-members. If the cost of attending this event would be a barrier to attending please get in touch with us at as we want to ensure everyone is able to access the support we strive to provide at YPIA. 

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