British Council, in collaboration with Singapore Repertory Theatre and Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
What Relaxed events tell us about who arts are for
A British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' Lecture featuring Kirsty Hoyle, Founder and Director, Include Arts
This event was in conjunction with National Theatre's acclaimed production of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time' that took place at Esplanade, Theatres on the Bay, between 29 March 2018 and 8 April 2018.
Kirsty Hoyle also delivered a two day training course at SRT.
About the Lecture:
The Lecture focused on the journey of Relaxed Events in the UK, and internationally, both as a service development and as a catalyst for increased access provision for neurodiverse people across the cultural sector. Kirsty discussed her work with cultural organisations, asking 'Who's not here? Why not? How do we change that?' and shared stories of audience impact and successful audience diversification. Kirsty's work ranges from supporting individual artists to develop accessible pieces to working on the world first Relaxed Prom at the Royal Albert Hall and the lecture will share the learning from these experiences and show why access to the arts is critical for the betterment of everyone.
About the Speaker:
Kirsty is Founder and Director of Include Arts, a training and consultancy organisation specialising in access to the arts for all and has been at the forefront of increasing access to cultural events for learning disabled people. Alongside independent consultancy work she has worked in-house as Access Manager for; Society of London Theatre, UK Theatre and the Unicorn Theatre where she developed a flagship access programme which established the theatre as leaders in the field. In 2013 Kirsty ran the successful national Relaxed Performance Project, working with the Prince's Foundation for Children & The Arts and has continued to promote Relaxed Performances across the world; visiting the US and Canada annually since 2014 with the British Council to share her 'Relaxed Performance' model. She works with many strategic organisations to increase access across the arts including Arts Marketing Association and Creu Cymru (Wales). Kirsty is also Head of Arts for the UK national charity Sense, who support deafblind people and is leading the strategic development of accessible arts for all.
Training with Kirsty Hoyle
The two day course covered, Disability Equality, Everyday Access, Understanding Sensory Environments, Relaxed Performance 101, Accessible Marketing and Materials, Visual Story Workshop, all through a cohesive approach to access and audience development.