Designed specifically for artists looking to develop an accessible practice when creating works, covering text, images, video and accessible documents.
The programme provides artists an introductory understanding to the different types of disabilities and the related challenges, and support them to identify what they can do to reduce barriers to digital access for different disabled audiences.
Why make art? What is the importance of making your art accessible? How can integrating access allow you to explore new ways to share your ideas and rethink your audiences?
Through online trainings, peer-to-peer sessions, guided writing and forum discussions, this three-month programme explores ways in which artists can integrate access in their work, covering text, video, website, tours and accessible documents. With a better understanding of different audience needs, artists gain practical skills to develop work that is accessible and provide a more inclusive environment. We will share tips, strategies and provide continuous feedback to help define and finesse the work by identifying your audiences, contexts, processes, research and challenges.
As this reflective and collaborative programme covers a lot of ground, do expect to spend some time out of the training sessions to do mini assignments. The assignments help artists to put what they have learned into practice. To conclude the programme, the accessible work/experiment/work-in-progress produced will be exhibited in an online exhibition on In Transit.
Our training residency is delivered by art professionals, accessibility specialists and disabled artists with decades of experience and up-to-the minute practical, real world insights.
Duration: 3 months (1-3 hours per week)
When: 3 April - 29 June 2023; live sessions on Wednesdays
What you will receive:
• self-paced online lectures on digital accessibility in arts and culture
• online forum discussions to exchange feedback and views
• live, online peer to peer sessions with guest curators/artists/art professionals
• continuous, tailored feedback through 1-1 sessions to develop accessible work
• dedicated online, open studio to share research, work in progress and reflections
• online group exhibition displaying developed work
By the end of the programme, you will be able to:
• understand real-life experiences of how accessibility is essential for some, and useful for all in varied art contexts
• identify a range of technologies that can help make desktops, laptops and mobile devices accessible e.g. screen readers, switch access technologies, speech input and braille input
• apply accessibility guidelines and access streams when creating accessible media, web content and documents including video captions, audio descriptions and more
After enrolling in the programme, you will have exclusive access to the programme content on our platform. In the first five weeks, you will undertake online training sessions on digital accessibility in relation to arts and culture. Each module is accompanied with a short assignment which gives artists the opportunity to transfer the knowledge into practice and prepare them to create works that are digitally accessible for a diverse audience. Each module takes place over an entire week, therefore you have sufficient time to complete the tasks, participate and receive feedback. On every step of the course you can share your ideas with other artists and join in with active discussions in our online forum.
Throughout the training residency programme, you are required to develop work and post your studio research, developments and reflections on your dedicated open studios on In Transit. After the training in the first month, artists should fully dedicate the remaining two months of the programme to develop a work, integrated with access streams. You will receive continuous feedback through scheduled peer to peer sessions and 1-1 sessions with In Transit's curator.
In Transit will send you all the information you need one week before the programme start date, including login credentials for accessing your online studio and dates for the live sessions. Recordings to the live sessions will be available for artists who cannot attend.
Anne Hornsby, winner of two major awards and UK audio description pioneer, has been audio describing since 1988. She set up Mind’s Eye in 1992 to offer audio description services for theatre, ballet, opera, film, galleries, museums, online arts and more. She is an accredited Audio Description Trainer and is on the Executive of the Audio Description Association. Anne has had a parallel career in Marketing and Audience Development in the Arts and was the editor of the Arts Council publication Action for Access.
Andrew is a freelance accessibility specialist with 15 years industry experience working in digital accessibility and assistive technology at Ministry of Justice, Apple, RNIB, Sainsbury's amongst many others. He is an experienced accessibility trainer, mentor, tester, UX designer and developer. Andrew is also the organiser of the London Accessibility meetup.
Celina is an independent curator and writer with extensive developing exhibitions and public progammes from concept through to installation across the UK and internationally. She supports artists and organisations with delivering accessible, inclusive and engaging programmes and content including WEGO-ITN, University of Brighton, The Higgins Bedford amongst others. She is also Project Assistant at FRANK Fair Artist Pay. Celina holds an MA in Curating and Collections (Distinction) from Chelsea College of Arts and a BA (Hons) in Fine Art and Creative Writing from Lancaster University.
Module 1: Introduction to Accessibility
Key themes include:
• Accessibility and its importance
• Broad types of accessibility
• Demos of assistive technology
• Communicating with disabled people
Module 2: Understandable Content
Key themes include:
• Clear and simple language
• Audience and communicating effectively
• Types of art text
Module 3: Media
Key themes include:
• Alt text and image descriptions
• Captions and transcripts
• Considerations for moving images and animations
Module 4: Audio Descriptions
Key themes include:
• Live performances
• Audio described tours
• Audio describing videos
Module 5: Website and Social Media
Key themes include:
• Headings and page reading order
• Use of colour
• Typography considerations
• Tips for accessible artist websites and social media
This programme is for artists at every stage of their artistic career, interested to produce accessible works and creating an inclusive environment.
Our artists usually hold a degree in Visual Arts or a related field. However, we also consider applications from self-taught artists who demonstrate relevant experience in the art/creative sectors and a keen interest in accessibility.
We have an application process to ensure adequate attention for our artists, and that we can best support you with our resources.
The programme costs £800.
You may pay the full programme fee in instalments - please email us at email@example.com for more information.
Our fee structure is based on careful consideration of providing affordable art education and paying faculty fairly. In Transit is a non-profit organisation therefore our income goes towards supporting our work with artists and access.
We strive to make our programmes as affordable and accessible as possible. In our pilot year, we offered grants to seven artists. We are actively fundraising and forming partnerships to make grants available. We regularly have open calls which will be published on our website and social media. To stay informed, follow us on Instagram.
Collectors and patrons can sponsor artists to participate in our programme. We are actively reaching out to patrons to sponsor artists. Please email us for more information.
"The training residency has totally changed how I think about and want to move forward with my art practice. In Transit’s programme has opened up an important issue [about arts access] which I have not encountered directly and am less informed about. As a digital art practitioner and co-founder of a new media art collective, it has shown me that accessibility does not only affect art in galleries but also digital art. The training residency has made me realise and put to practise the efforts that I can take to ensure my art is more accessible, both physically and digitally. Thanks to the programme, I am also now more connected with artists from different countries and of diverse backgrounds and skillset." - Abdul Shakir (Grasshopper), artist and co-founder of Filamen