13th July 2017 @ 8:45 am - 1:00 pm
Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow
£8 - £55

Go back and book signed, sealed and delivered Scotland's BSL Plan 2018

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This Culture Republic event, designed and produced in collaboration with the GFT, champions cultural activity that addresses D/deaf inclusion and those who embed collaboration and the right to access within their programming and delivery.

We have invited a range of collaborators from across the Scottish creative sector to share evolving best models practice models of accessible D/deaf engagement. This symposium offers the rare opportunity to learn first-hand from Speakers who will present case studies where creativity and inclusion have taken centre stage producing exciting and sustainable results. Take time to learn from a D/deaf perspective, meet a range of passionate and highly skilled practitioners from across Scotland and find out how you can inform and improve the work you do in making it D/deaf friendly.

You’ll learn about:

  • Understanding the importance of working within equality, diversity and inclusion frameworks
  • The need for more inclusive and responsive cultural engagement for D/deaf audiences
  • How to become more D/deaf aware and friendly
  • Who the experts are
  • How to create accessible D/deaf friendly environments
  • The business benefits of D/deaf collaboration
  • How to build confidence in accessible experimentation

Why Attend?

  • You’ll find a space to share best practise in cultural engagement.
  • We’ll be uncovering practical ways to bring your equalities strategy to life
  • Personal development and awareness building
  • The opportunity to network and develop new relationships and partnerships with practitioners and organisations


Joining us on the day:

Our Speakers are champions of D/deaf people, talent, engagement and culture through their programmes. They will each share their unique stories and help us uncover the challenges and rewards found through inclusive practice.  Together we will unpick the gaps that exist in the choices D/deaf people have to participate in and access culture.

Image of Karen Forbes, a qualified British Sign Language(BSL) Interpreter and Director of InkBlot Collective.
Image of Jodie Wilkinson, Public Engagment Coordinator at the GFT.
Image of Janis McDonald, CEO of SCoD
An image of Mark Stevenson, Lecturer on Performance in BSL and English Course.

Join the conversation on Twitter @Culture_Public with #OneAudience



8.45am  – Registration & Teas and Coffees
9.00 – Welcome & Introduction – Culture Republic
9.10-10.10 – Case Studies (Scottish Council on Deafness, SQIFF, GFT)
10.10- 10.25 Break
10.25-11.45 – Case studies (RCS, Solar Bear, Inkblot Collective, Buzzcut)
11.45-12.00 15 minute Q&A with questions to panel
12.00-12.10 Break
12.10-12.35 Breakout Groups with an expert facilitator – break out to discuss and consider learnings & actions you can take forwards
12.35-12.45 Feedback to the whole group
12.50 Closing Remarks
13.00 End

Who is it for?

  • Those interested in how the BSL National Plan will impact the cultural sector
  • Leaders from organisations large and small and from every arts and cultural genre. Attendance by management teams is highly encouraged
  • Arts Sector programmers and curators interested in creative accessible collaboration
  • Creative industries colleagues interested and concerned with connecting with the D/deaf communityand addressing the requirements of the Equalities Act 2010
  • Funders who wish to further understand how Scottish based arts collectives and organisations are working to incorporate access within their programs
  • Practitioners, researchers and programmers who want to learn about inclusive audience development


Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any questions prior to the event please contact us on scotland@culturerepublic.co.uk

Access Requirements.  

In order to support you at this event, please let us know the following:
Do you require that a speech to text service be provided at this event?
Do you require British Sign Language interpretation at this event?
Are you a wheelchair user?
Please complete these and any other access requirements on the registration form when you book. If you would rather talk to us about your access needs first please get in touch with Ela (0141 248 6864 ela@culturerepublic.co.uk)

Bursary Places

We have a limited number of bursary places available – please contact Ela on (0141 248 6864 /ela@culturerepublic.co.uk) if price is a barrier to you attending this event.

What is the refund policy?

We have a 48hr cancellation policy.  If you are unable to attend the event please let us know 48hrs in advance of the event. After this time you will not be eligible for a refund.  

Main image credit#BSL: British Sign Language on Elm St Graffiti Alley, Roath, Cardiff by Jeremy Segrott (CC BY 2.0)

Go back and book signed, sealed and delivered Scotland's BSL Plan 2018

Main image credit: #BSL: British Sign Language on Elm St Graffiti Alley, Roath, Cardiff by Jeremy Segrott (CC BY 2.0)