Event | Arts & Culture Diversity Forum

Thursday, Feb 13, 2020

Time: 11:00am - 3:30pm

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Wanted: Access Everywhere

Please note this event is now fully booked - we will be recording the audio and releasing a podcast of the event at a later date.

A day to discuss disability and the arts in rural areas.

What more can be done to support disabled people in the arts as artists, participants, and audiences in rural areas? A recent study has shown the South West is trailing behind when it comes to engagement in disability arts. We think the Somerset Diversity Forum offers a great opportunity to address this.

Up country, Rural Arts North Yorkshire is working with Unlimited, a national commissioning programme enabling new work by disabled artists to reach UK and international audiences. Together they are holding a conference/action day to discuss arts and disability. They have invited the Somerset Diversity Forum to join them via live digital hook up. Think Eurovision: "Hello Bridgwater, Thirsk calling."

Simultaneously in North Yorkshire and Somerset we will run practical sessions, with a focus on realistic solutions, and then come together digitally to discuss our findings.

Take Art, Somerset Film & Video and Somerset Art Works are working together to deliver this day, which aims to increase confidence and build networks by providing an honest and open space to move the conversation about disability and the arts into action.

If you are an artist, performer, venue manager, member of the public or anyone who works in arts and culture with an interest in issues around disability, then do come and join the conversation at the Engine Room.

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As an organisation, Somerset Film has declared a climate emergency and we're encouraging everyone who visits us to walk, cycle or use public transport where possible. Here is some further information on how to get to us using those methods.

Event Location

The Engine Room
52 High Street
Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 3BL

Event Fees:


Registration is closed for this event.

For more information or questions, please email:

[email protected]