Would you like to have the opportunity to share your thoughts and join a discussion in an open forum on anything to do with audio description of the arts as well as helping to shape the future of VocalEyes?
We are setting up a User Panel to enable us to gain a better understanding of what blind and partially sighted people want and expect from audio-described theatre performances, audio-described events at museums, galleries and heritage sites and any other aspects of access to the arts.
We plan to hold three meetings a year at a central London venue on a weekday evening from 5pm to 7pm. Refreshments will be provided, and we will reimburse travel expenses from within London. We’re only able to have a maximum of 12 on the Panel, though companions are welcome to attend over and above this number.
At least two or three VocalEyes staff members will be present at each meeting, and together with the panel members will set the agenda for future meetings. There will be an opportunity to share your experiences of recent audio-described performances and / or events you attended, and discussion topics such as ‘what makes the best experience at an audio-described performance or event?’, ‘what makes a good touch tour?’, ‘what makes a good recorded audio described museum / gallery tour?’ etc. We may also invite external speakers to talk about their projects and initiatives.
The first VocalEyes User Panel meeting will be held in Central London on Monday 11 December 2017 from 5pm to 7pm.
If you are interested in attending this and would be able to commit to attending future Panel sessions, please email [email protected] with the subject line User Panel, or call the office on 020 7375 1043 to register your interest. We’re keen to have a diverse range of people, so please be prepared to give us a bit of information about yourself, and particularly if you’re a theatre-goer, museum-goer, both or neither, and tell us about one burning issue that you may have about audio description of the arts.
RSVP by Thursday 30 November, 9am