2nd August 2018 @ 9:45 am - 1:00 pm
Theatre Royal, Glasgow
£35 - £60

Developing D/deaf Cultural Engagement - PART 2

This is one of the most important events you’ll be attending this year.

*You can also view Derek Todd’s BSL introduction video to the Event here. *

This Culture Republic event, in association with deafscotland, and designed and produced in collaboration with Glasgow Film Theatre, will introduce the British Sign Language (BSL) National Plan 2017-2023 to the arts and cultural sector.  This plan sets out Scotland’s ambition to be the best place in the world for BSL users to live, work and visit. It includes 70 actions that Scotland as a nation needs to take by 2020 to help us make progress towards this goal, seven of which are specifically aimed at the arts and cultural sector.

Culture and the arts – our long-term goal:

BSL users will have full access to the cultural life of Scotland, and an equal opportunity to enjoy and contribute to culture and the arts, and are encouraged to share BSL and Deaf culture with the people of Scotland.

– The BSL National Plan

What does this mean for the Scottish arts and cultural sector? We will explore what actions we should be taking and shine a light on cultural activity in Scotland that is already addressing D/deaf inclusion. We will hear from those who embed collaboration and the right to access within their programming, delivery and venues. This event follows on from last year’s sold out Developing D/deaf Cultural Engagement event.

We have invited Derek Todd from deafscotland as our Keynote Speaker. Derek is a BSL Consultant, the Deaf Sector Partnership Coordinator and works strategically on the BSL National Plan.

We will also hear from partners working across the Scottish creative sector. They will share best practice of accessible D/deaf engagement in case studies where inclusion is at the heart of the creative process in ways that are both exciting and sustainable. Learn from some of Scotland’s most determined and proficient practitioners in this area, take time to understand the D/deaf experience of the creative arts, and find out how you can enhance your work to make it D/deaf friendly.

Join the conversation on Twitter @Culture_Public with #CROneAudience. You can view Derek Todd’s BSL introduction video to the Event here. 

At this event you will:

  • Understand how the BSL National Plan will impact the cultural sector.
  • Hone your organisation’s approach to creating a D/deaf aware and friendly environment.
  • Who you should get in touch with to make your organisation more D/deaf friendly.
  • Hear about the business benefits of D/deaf collaboration.
  • Gain confidence in accessible experimentation.
  • Get the chance to share best practice in cultural engagement.
  • Learn ways to successfully execute and sustain your equalities strategy.
  • Develop relationships with a rich mix of practitioners and organisations.

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Meet the speakers:

Our speakers for this event champions of D/deaf people, talent, engagement and culture through their programmes. They will each share their unique stories and views, not only on Scotland’s forthcoming BSL National Plan, but around 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.

Keynote Speaker: Derek Todd –  BSL Consultant, deafscotland

Andy Arnold – Artistic Director, Tron Theatre

Angela Gray – Creative Learning Manager, Macroberts Art Centre

Jodie Wilkinson – Public Engagement Coordinator, Glasgow Film

EJ Raymond – Actress & Writer

Amy Cheskin – BSL Interpreter

Sally Pritchard – Community Learning Coordinator, Glasgow Science Centre

Petre Dobre – BSL Director Trainee, Macrobert Arts Centre

Read more about our guest speakers and their talks here.

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 community and addressing the requirements of the BSL National Plan.
  • Funders who wish to further understand how Scottish based arts collectives and organisations are working to incorporate access within their programmes.
  • Practitioners, researchers and programmers who want to learn about inclusive audience development.



9.45am – Registration & Teas and Coffees

10.00am – Welcome & Introduction – Culture Republic

10.10am – Keynote Speaker – Derek Todd, deafscotland

10.30am – Case Studies

11.00am – Panel Discussion

11.20am – Networking Break

11.45am – Case studies

12.15pm – Panel Discussion

12.35pm – Summary and Closing Remarks

1.00pm –  End & Networking


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 scotland@culturerepublic.co.uk) if price is a barrier to you attending this event.

Main image credit: BSL National Plan Launch by Scottish Government (CC BY-NC 2.0) [cropped]