Accessibilty: Equity and social justice in the arts – how do we do it?

Join Talia Randall (WWAO) to have an open conversation to explore accessible arts spaces, events and programmes specifically focusing on how equity and social justice play a huge part in this. How broad is the term ACCESS and how do we unpack it, reflecting on 2020 and the key learnings we can take forward to create a more inclusive arts landscape.

Host: Talia Randall

Talia Randall makes and curates riotous cabaret, bold poetry and joyous theatre. An artist, writer and dyslexic with a growing following, her work has been called “sublime” (dig.com),“distinctive” (The Upcoming) and “fascinating” (Sabotage Reviews). Raised on a London council estate, Talia began her artistic career on community schemes including Roundhouse Poetry Collective. She hosts What Words Are Ours? a D/deaf inclusive poetry show and Cassette Tape Radio a comedy and poetry podcast.

Panellist: Rachel Nwokoro

Rachel is a powerful disabled, neurodivergent and queer Nigerian-British woman based in London, Rachel’s heritage belongs to the indigenous people of Biafra.

Earlier in her career, as she explored acting, directing and writing, she felt uncomfortable with the pressure put on her by the arts industry to choose a single path and specialise. It echoed the narrow-eyed representation she found of herself in popular culture. She then realised that she alone had the power to reclaim and shape her own narrative through art. Rachel is dedicated to working with marginalised people and erased stories. She believes fiercely in her heart that collective liberation can be accessed through the arts. As such, during her career she has garnered professional skills in community outreach, participation work and arts-based social activism.

SignKid

SignKid is a London-based writer, producer and signsong rapper who is Deaf.

Panellist: Vilma Jackson

Vilma Jackson is a British deaf performance artist and has experience working in many artistic projects. These includes film, stage, television drama, music video, public service broadcasting and theatre. She works with both hearing and deaf actors and directors. Vilma believes there is a place for deaf actors in hearing theatre and film. In fact, the hearing world benefits because techniques from deaf theatre can enhance dramatic effect.