The new Action for Access Guide for arts organisations is being launched on 2 July at 1.30pm at Citadel Arts Centre in St Helens. In addition to examples of disability arts to be featured, there will be a short theatre performance piece by Mind the . . . Gap. The Action for Access Guide results from a series of seminars for arts professionals across the north west in autumn 2002. The seminars were called Action for Access because they were about action not theory, about actually making changes to improve access.
This guide aims to continue that momentum and become a useful tool in the fight to ensure accessibility to our buildings, our services and our art. Most fine arts departments at colleges and universities in the northwest have finalised arrangements for their degree shows. The arts and culture network has been set up to promote and support community and voluntary arts in Liverpool. The network has a membership of over 150 organisations and wishes to recruit other Liverpool community and voluntary groups to join.
The network has an active steering group of which three members sit on the Strategic Issue Partnership [SIP]. The network can offer support to young and emerging groups as well as more established organisations. Artists and other producers continually develop projects but there is no mechanism for receiving a response or for increasing the understanding of how work communicates. It is obvious that this lack is not unique to Liverpool, and affects most producers in UK regions and also in London, where scale of activity leads to enormous competition for critical attention.
As we have communicated before, the Pamphlet consists of a letters/reviews section and a commissioned essay. Static are keen to build up a large network of people who have strong opinions and are able to communicate them, for the reviews/letters section. As Static is led by an architect and artist, the scope of the Pamphlet is wide, creating an opportunity to raise criticism of all aspects of our cultural environment, including architecture, cultural policy, education, organisations, art, design, fashion, literature, media, criticism, Building Surveying etc.