2008  – 2012 Learning and Access Officer
Nottingham Contemporary UK 

Access Art for All
Creating, managing and promoting the Access Art for All Programme offering bespoke artist led creative sessions and gallery talks for groups with any additional support needs.  Approaching and attracting a wide range of groups and participants.

Verbal descriptive tour for visually impaired people. Photo by Vicky Price

Verbal descriptive tour for visually impaired people.
Photo by Vicky Price

Access art for all session with visually impaired people.   Photo by Vicky Price

Access art for all session with visually impaired people.
Photo by Vicky Price

Between 2009 and 2012 the following organisations participated in the programme:

Dr Banardo’s Nottingham (Young People with disabilities), Nottinghamshire Health Care Trust, MENCAP (Learning disability), Platform 51(Supports girls and women), My Sight Nottinghamshire (Previously know as – Nottinghamshire Royal Society for the Blind), Double Impact (Drug and Alcohol recovery), Crocus Fields (Residential unit for young people with learning difficulties/physical disabilities), Rosehill School (SEN), Futures (ESOL/vulnerable young people), Art Outlook (A weekly art group for adults with learning disabilities/mental health issues), South Nottingham College, Nottinghamshire Deaf Society and  YMCA Nottingham.

 

Navigating The Building 2010 – 2011
Developing and organising an innovative consultation programme with visually impaired/blind adults exploring the building and the issues around creating resources with ever-changing contemporary art exhibitions. Activities included the creation of a tactile and colour coded floor plan of the galleries and ‘How I see it’ where participants filmed an exhibition distorting the lenses to show their individual visual impairment.
A partnership project with My Sight Nottingham. Lead artist: Jo Dacombe

Navigating the building.   Photo by Bo Olawoye

Navigating the building.
Photo by Bo Olawoye

 

2001 – 2004 Forward Thinking Education Co-ordinator
The Bonington Gallery/Future Factory at Nottingham Trent University, UK.
Creating and managing activities/projects for Forward Thinking Education.  Forward Thinking Education was a fully integrated initiative responding to Future Factory’s exhibition, live art and multidisciplinary festival programme.

Future Facts –  An innovative engagement project. Autumn 2002
Future Facts is a leaflet and programme idea.  It’s aim was to demystify the language used in contemporary art and addressing the public’s fear of  visiting a gallery for the first time.  Forward Thinking ran a short course working with The Aspire Group (Young mothers) and the U3A (University of the 3rd Age, 50+ age group) led by local artist’s Ange Taggart and Joe Webster.