LUX Scotland was founded with equality at the heart of its vision and accessibility has been central to our work since our first activities in 2015. We recognise that we live in an ableist society and we regularly review our work from an anti-ableist perspective to identify areas for improvement.
In 2018, we undertook a pilot project to improve access for D/deaf, blind & visually impaired and disabled audiences as part of AMIF and produced closed captions (CC) and live captions (CART) for the festival. In 2019 we increased this offer to include British Sign Language (BSL) performance and interpretation, hearing loop, audio flashcards, subpacs and Audio Description (AD) for many events.
From 2019 to 2022 we worked in partnership with BBC Arts and Screen Scotland to commission 40 new artworks for BBC platforms, all of which were captioned and audio described.
In 2020 we committed to captioning all newly commissioned artworks, and from 2021 we committed to captioning all the works we present in our public programme. In 2022 we committed to audio describing all newly commissioned artworks, and in 2023 we committed to providing live captions for all online and in-person events.
In 2022 we secured funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to undertake a three-year project with DCA and Collective which includes commissioning, research and organisational development. The project focuses on questioning the institutional ableism in the Scottish visual arts sector and imagining a future in which disabled artists and arts professionals have increased access to opportunities, are visible, and their expertise and experiences are truly valued.
Our current access measures include:
Content notes provided for events
Access information provided about venues for in-person events
Image descriptions are provided throughout our website and on our social media channels
Audio recordings of writing commissions and learning resources
BSL interpretation provided upon request
The majority of our programme is free to attend
We are currently working towards delivering the following access measures:
BSL interpretation as a regular part of our programme
AD as a regular part of our programme
Across the website, you will see access symbols to indicate what access measures are available. When events are held in person, information about access for each venue is provided.
To help us make the LUX Scotland website a positive place for everyone, we are using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities, and user-friendly for everyone. The guidelines have three levels of accessibility (A, AA and AAA). We’ve chosen Level AA as the target for the LUX Scotland website. We monitor the website regularly to maintain this, but if you do find any problems, please get in touch.
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