Throughout our research for Unlocked we came across a number of further resources for those wishing to find out more about arts-based technologies & creativity. Below are just a few useful resources for further learning.


Organisation: Epic Arts
Project/publication: Pop Up and Play
When published/created: July 2015

What’s it about:
Epic Arts are exploring the use of video sharing/live streaming internationally to share and discover different worlds between artists and students in partnership with Attenborough Arts in Leicester. This is being done through the recently developed ‘Pop Up and Play’ system.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84LhwI9SH44

 


 

Organisation: Access All Areas
Project/publication: Eye Queue Hear
When published/created: 2015

What’s it about:
Access All Areas is a theatre company that works with people with learning disabilities, based in Shoreditch in London’s East End. Eye Queue Hear is a performance audio walk that was devised in 2013. Gareth White writes about the production in his publication Applied Theatre: Aesthetics

Link: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=hCfbBQAAQBAJ&pg=PT42&lpg=PT42 

 


Organisation: Jo Verrent
Project/publication: Getting Closer to No Boundaries
When published/created: April 2014

What’s it about:
Jo Verrent’s blog post Getting Closer to No Boundaries is about The Arts Council of England’s State of the Arts Conference and how it had become accessible by using technology in 2014 compared to 2013.

Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/jo-verrent/getting-closer-to-no-boundaries_b_4872268.html

 


Organisation: Short Circuit
When published/created: 2013

What’s it about:
Short Circuit is all about the art not the access – the aim is to design an accessible process for artists to explore the potential of digital rather than a process for artists to explore the accessibility potential of digital. It’s a process that is about exploration, play and learning, not focused only on output/creation, although that might be a by-product.

Link: http://shortcircuit.org.uk

 


Organisation: Nesta
Project/publication: Making Digital Work: Accessibility
When published/created: 2015

What’s it about:
The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts is a partnership between Nesta, the Arts Council England and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
Accessibility is one of the major learning themes from the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts. The accessibility work across the R&D Fund projects has mainly been focused specifically on improvements for disabled people. But as the projects have reported, improving access for a targeted section of an audience often improves it for all. The user testing that makes a better product for disabled people in an audience has benefits for everyone. These projects from the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts have been using digital to make the arts more accessible, creating the possibility of a rich interaction with arts and culture for everyone.

Links:

http://www.nesta.org.uk/publications/making-digital-work-accessibility

Read more and download the accessibility toolkit at: artsdigitalrnd.org.uk/features/accessibility-video

 


Organisation: Creative Case
When published/created: February 2012

What’s it about:
Digitising Disability: on the work of Ju Gosling, Simon McKeown and Merce Cunningham

Link: http://www.creativecase.org.uk/creativecase-digitising-disability 

 


 

 

Technology Apps

Organisation: Epic Arts

What’s it about:
We are currently in the initial stages of researching the development of a mobile app to enable our deaf dancers in Cambodia who are unable to read and write to be able to plan movement workshops, record choreography ideas and make notes on their weekly schedule using photos, video and images instead of words. We hope that this may be helpful for other artists as well. We use technology a lot within our work to encourage and enable independence in our students and artists and Skype and video messaging is a huge help along with Facebook groups to share information and updates.

Link: http://epicarts.org.uk

 


 

Organisation: HeartNSoul

What’s it about:
A project to help people with learning disabilities express themselves musically and collaborate with other people using readily available musical technologies.

Link: http://www.makeyoursoundlab.org

 


 

Organisation: Rhythmix
When published/created: October 2014

What’s it about:
Using iPads in Participatory Music is in an extensive piece of work done by Graham Dowdall (one of our key practitioners) for Sound Connections. Part 1 is the research and Part 2 is the Review and Guide

Link: http://www.sound-connections.org.uk/news/using-ipads-in-participatory-music-part-one-research

 


 

Organisation: Edutech

What’s it about:
A digitally based storytelling multimedia authoring environment for young children 3-8 year olds

Link: www.i-theatre.org

 


 

 

 

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Project Researcher: Will Sidebottom


Will is a singer-songwriter aspiring to be a Music Therapist, currently a Workshop Leader for Chiltern Music Therapy, a not-for-profit organisation that provides music therapy services to people of all ages and many different needs. Will is also a volunteer for Deafax, a charity that develops solutions and opportunities for deaf people, in order to empower and enhance their lives.

Will studied Bmus Commercial Music Performance at the University of Westminster, graduating in 2015
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Debbie joined Decibels in October 2014 and spends her time helping out with the day-to-day administration of the office as well as assisting with researching and sending out funding applications and co-ordinating the current projects. Prior to this, Debbie worked for many years in the Financial Services Sector starting as a member of the New Business Team and ending her career as Executive Assistant to the CEO & Sales Director. She was then approached by an ex-work colleague who was volunteering at Deafax, a charity for the deaf, to see if she would be interested in supporting them on their “admin side of things” – Debbie is still there 11 years later! Hobbies include travelling, cooking, reading and spending time with family and friends.
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