Prow of boat on Arctic sea

The Interval 32

Welcome to edition number 32 of The Interval. There’s plenty to enjoy in this week’s listings of accessible arts and culture from virtual museum talks to contemporary dance and audio-described yoga.

Coming up in the next two weeks

Sculpture and Ceramics in the Legion of Honor collection, San Francisco, Zoom tour, Thursday 12 November, 1:30pm Pacific Time, 9:30pm BST

Looking at 3-D objects from 8,000 years ago up to the 20th century with plenty of time for questions and comments. No need to pre-book. Join the Zoom event.

Disabled Gamers at The Staying Inn, Zoom, Saturday 14 November, 8pm

Learn all about accessible video games with disabled gamers Brandon Cole and Stacey Jenkins. Email [email protected] for joining details. Live speech to text captions and BSL interpreters. You can also ask for slides and notes in advance of the session.

De Young Museum, San Francisco, Frida Kahlo: Virtual Access Day, Zoom tour, Monday 16 November, 11:15 am Pacific Time, 7:15pm BST.

At the time of Frida Kahlo’s death in 1954, a treasure trove of the artist’s highly personal items—including jewellery, clothing, and prosthetics—were locked away. 50 years later, these belongings were unsealed and are currently on view at the de Young Museum. Discover what these objects reveal about their now iconic owner in the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving. Pre-register to receive joining instructions.

BBC Radio 4, Moving Pictures, from Monday 16 November, 4pm

A new series of this radio 4 programme gives listeners the chance to take a long, slow look at great artworks, photographed in incredible detail. The first episode, Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian, discovering new detail in old masterpieces. You can listen again to the first series and get ahead with upcoming episodes.

Throughout November

BBC Radio 4, Bartholomew Abominations, From Saturday 7 November (duration: 57 minutes)

This  radical reworking of Ben Jonson’s classic satire is part of the BBC season looking at disability through art. Naked Productions and Graeae Theatre collaborate to reinvent a classic drama in a vibrant, biting political commentary about modern British identity exploring narrow-minded disability discrimination and English nationalism of the early 21st century.

Together! 2020 Disability History Month Festival

There is a wide range of free, accessible online events from Wednesday 11 November to Thursday 10 December 2020 including arts, drama, family activities, music, film, storytelling and more. Upcoming events are:

History Makers: Together! 2020 Festival Opening with Callaloo Arts, Jo-Anne Cox, Signdance Collective International and Act Up! Newham, Thursday 12 November, 7pm

Commemorative performances and tributes for the artists that we have lost this year, and the presentation of ‘ofrendas’ created by their friends together with Carnival Arts organisation Callaloo Arts. Book here for the Festival opening event (Eventbrite)

Strings and Things. Julia Collar & Mainspring Arts: Strings and Things, Saturday 14 November 2020 3pm

Julia Colllar from Collars and Cuffs Co presents a suite of six sensory stories and original songs commissioned by Mainspring Arts, together with downloadable resources to use at home. Family activity using the simplest of materials found at home, such as string.

‘Public View’ of Ally Z’s The Starving Artist exhibition, Tuesday 17 November 7pm

The relationships between contemporary art, artists and eating disorders are put under the spotlight in this event led by Together! 2012 CIC’s Artistic Director Dr Ju Gosling FRSA. Book for the Ally Z’s The Starving Artist viewing (Eventbrite)

Live Art performance night, featuring performances from Gobscure: Hyena in Petticoats and Rebecca Redican: Delay Six, Thursday 19 November 7pm

Book for the Live Art performance night (Eventbrite)

Full programme details for the Disability History Month Festival

Coming Soon

British Museum Arctic: culture and climate, Zoom talk, Saturday 5 December, 2.30pm, free

Live online audio-described event with VocalEyes describer Lonny Evans and exhibition curator Dr Peter Loovers. Live captions provided by Stagetext.

Explore and celebrate the ingenuity and resilience of Arctic Peoples throughout history with evocative descriptions of key works from the British Museum’s exhibition Arctic: culture and climate, alongside images of each object.

Register on Zoom to receive the invitation link for the audio-described Arctic event

Watch / listen anytime

Stopgap Dance Company, Outside In (audio-described, YouTube, duration 9 minutes)

Contemporary dance by disabled dance artist Shyne Phiri and film maker Floyd Konde. This compelling short film tells how a homeless figure finds strength and comfort by connecting with nature’s revitalising beauty.

Produced by Stopgap Dance Company and commissioned by Waltham Borough of Culture 2019. Audio description by Di Langford.

The National Gallery, A curated look at: alcohol in painting (YouTube, duration: 9 minutes)

Chris Riopel, Curator of Post 1800 paintings at the National Gallery, looks at the popular theme of drinking and conviviality in paintings. He has chosen four paintings from the nineteenth and twentieth century for a more in-depth look.

US Election, on the Talk Description to me podcast (duration: 27 minutes)

This episode was recorded on the day after the election before the results were known. The presenters Christine and JJ discuss and describe some of the images from the day.

Meet the Blind Veterans

Blind Veterans UK proudly attend the National Remembrance Service at The Cenotaph to mark Remembrance Sunday.  With no service this year due to Covid-19 restrictions they have found other ways to bring together comrades, veterans and friends virtually. Meet some of the blind veterans who will be commemorating this special day.

Audio-described yoga with Ness (YouTube, duration: 27 minutes)

Image: Kiliii Yuyan (b. 1979), ‘Umiaq and north wind during spring whaling’. Inkjet print, 2019. © Kiliii Yuyan