House of Illustration

Providing access to the arts for disabled children

We want to make arts engagement opportunities for children with physical and/or sensory disabilities and their families a regular part of our arts programming, building on a very successful pilot programme we delivered in 2016.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 4 December 2015 to 5:00 PM, 14 December 2015

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1095210)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£6,000

Amount raised

£12,000

Donations

2

    Category

  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing

    Helping

Location

  • "Our son loves art but it's hard to take him to mainstream workshops because he finds them so difficult - he feels left out because he can't communicate with the other children. We weren't sure how he'd take today but he absolutely loved it! Thank you"

    — Parent of child at one of our pilot workshops for disabled children in 2016

  • "I don't normally get the chance to spend this kind of quality time with my children. This has been fantastic, thank you"

    — Father at one of our workshops for disabled children in 2016

  • "Our son loves art but it's hard to take him to mainstream workshops because he finds them so difficult - he feels left out because he can't communicate with the other children. We weren't sure how he'd take today but he absolutely loved it! Thank you"

    — Parent of child at one of our pilot workshops for disabled children in 2016

  • "I don't normally get the chance to spend this kind of quality time with my children. This has been fantastic, thank you"

    — Father at one of our workshops for disabled children in 2016

Situation

Many disabled children and their families struggle to access the arts and all those who attended our 2016 pilot events said how welcome the opportunities we provided were, enabling the children to enjoy arts workshops often for the first time. We want to ensure that our exhibitions are as accessible as possible to disabled people with a wide range of needs including hearing loss, visual impairment, physical disabilities and autistic spectrum disorder.

Solution

We will deliver a programme of accessible family workshops in half terms and the summer holiday in 2017 with a range of exciting practical activities for deaf and disabled children and their families, delivered by experienced professional illustrators and accessible to all. We will recruit workshop facilitators and helpers who are themselves disabled. We will also deliver three days of BSL interpreted gallery tours in 2017 - one per main exhibition - with 3 tours per day.