Webinar recording: West Midlands VI forum – Accessibility barriers to arts, culture and entertainment

Did you miss West Midlands SLCs’ VI Forum? Catch up now!

West Midlands Sight Loss Council held a VI Forum on Friday, 24 November, to discuss the barriers they face at concerts, film screenings, the theatre and more in the West Midlands. 

As life returns to some sense of normalcy, many arts, culture and entertainment venues and event organisers are putting measures in place to ensure they are accessible to blind and partially sighted venue goers and customers. But does more need to be done?


Our speakers:

Michelle Adderley, Senior Event Manager at the NEC Birmingham

Bethany Steventon-Crinks – Agent for Change at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre

 Adam Sutcliffe – Relxad Newman Brothers Tours – Coffin Works 

Chantelle Richards  – Community Engagement Assistant at Black Country Living Museum


Michelle Adderley from NEC Birmingham talked about the work done behind the scenes across NEC venues to ensure good practice at the planning stage of all NEC events.

“It’s the little things that count” says Adam Sutcliffe while talking about all the special adjustments in place at Coffin Works museum to make sure visitors have an enjoyable and comfortable visit. Find out more about Coffin Works accessibility measures here.

The community engagement assistant, Chantelle Richards, talked about the access tours available at Black Country Living Museum. You can find out more about their access tours here.

Agent for Change, Bethany Steventon-Crinks talked about the accessibility adaptations in place to make Birmingham Repertory Theatre accessible as possible to all. She also urged any disabled performers watching to reach out to her, as she is keen to centre the work of diverse performers. You can get in touch with Beth at: access@birmingham-rep.co.uk


You can watch the webinar below


Publication date: 02 December 2021

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