At the close of a difficult year, December 2020 delivered some very positive news. Royal Holloway, University of London, together with VocalEyes secured £100,000 funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council for the IDEA project: Inclusive Description for Equality and Access.
Following on from the research project, Describing Diversity, this new funding enables the team to take the findings and recommendations from the research and implement them in collaboration with 5 theatres: Mind the Gap, Bradford, the Royal Exchange, Manchester, the Octagon, Bolton and Donmar Warehouse and Shakespeare’s Globe in London.
Now that the project is underway, we are delighted to announce the creation of an Inclusive AD Forum on Basecamp. This is a place for people to meet online and discuss AD, and the challenges of describing diversity in ethical and inclusive ways. Since we created this a month ago, we have added many new members from around the world: audio describers, AD users, theatre and access professionals and more. People are using the forum to share resources and to ask advice from colleagues and AD users about how to describe in specific situations. Recent conversations, for example, have included how AD can approach sensitive situations such as the description of different body shapes, or learning disabled actors.
The forum intends to create a safe space for complex discussions and questions – and ones to which there are no easy or immediate answers. We hope it will bring people together and provide a place for conversations to take place and ideas to be shared.
If you would like to join, please contact the IDEA Project & Community Engagement Manager Dr Rachel Hutchinson [email protected]