We are delighted to announce that VocalEyes has been awarded an Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant of £49,881 for our 100 Videos Described project.
Since the start of the pandemic, more artists and arts organisations are turning to work presented online alongside or instead of work in venues. The 100 Videos Described project aims to build the foundations for quality provision of online video accessible to blind and visually impaired people, project will be in 3 strands:
1. Skills Development
We will develop the technical and creative skills of freelance audio describers in the creation of film/video audio description (AD), through a professional development programme designed and run with the Audio Description Association (ADA). The programme will be open to VocalEyes describers and ADA members free of charge.
2. 100 Videos Described
We will be offering film/video Audio Description to artists and arts organisations at subsidised fees for 100 projects between May and August 2021. We will favour projects by small, diverse-led organisations and those making work accessible for the first time. The opportunity will be limited to one film per individual or organisation and the subsidy / discount ranges from 65% for short projects (up to 15 minutes) to 40% for projects up to 90 minutes in length.
For more details, visit the 100 Videos Described page.
We will provide regular drop-in online sessions (Zoom) for artists and arts organisations considering submitting their film for selection, and we will answer questions about video accessibility, audio description and the project generally. These will be attended by VocalEyes team members, audio describers and blind AD users. Included among these will be sessions for specific groups, e.g. Black-led, disabled-led or queer-led companies.
For enquiries, please contact Matthew Cock ([email protected]).