ABTT Seminar: Re-imagined Futures – envisaging a universally accessible Arts Centre

Member’s price FREE

Non-member’s price FREE

10 June 2021 | 12:30 am - 2:00pm

Zoom, Online Event

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ABTT Seminar: Re-imagined Futures – envisaging a universally accessible Arts Centre
Ever wondered what a universally accessible arts centre would look like? So do we. And that’s why we’re going to design and build one.

About this event

Join us as we begin to design a future where the needs of historically excluded people are centred.

We want to listen to your experiences and hear your ideas. Tell us what you need, so we can build a dream performing arts venue that centres care and is open to everyone.

With the help of a panel of experts and thought leaders from the worlds of architecture, dance and theatre we will share the inspiration behind ‘Reimagined Futures’ and explore the current legislative frameworks which guide and shape the design of performing arts buildings. We’ll then work with our online audience to identify and discuss the access needs that are often overlooked, beginning a process of consultation with historically excluded artists and audiences across the UK.

Although the majority of performing arts venues are compliant with current legislation around accessibility, there is much more work needed if our cultural spaces are to be truly open to all. Our aim is to create a benchmark that will inform and inspire new architectural, institutional and cultural approaches to the design or refurbishment of public arts buildings, looking towards a future accessible to everybody.

‘Reimagined Futures’ is a collaboration between studio three sixty and Dan Daw Creative Projects (DDCP) in association with Adjaye Associates and the Association of British Theatre Technicians.

Our panel will include Dan Daw, Adjaye Associates, Robin Townley (Association of British Theatre Technicians) and Kate Marsh (Contemporary Dancer and thought leader).

Find out more about how you can support our project.

Visit our Go Fund Me Fundraiser.


studio three sixty

studio three sixty refurbish, regenerate and build cultural spaces that enrich people’s lives.

We’re an award-winning design practice founded by Emma Chapman and Lucy Osborne in 2015.

Our people-centred approach is shaped by our unique experience as practitioners, artists and theatre consultants. We create thoughtful, beautiful and affordable design that cares for people and the planet.

Dan Daw

Dan Daw is a Queer, Crip dance artist and disability activist. His work often reflects on the social/political relationship to difference or the other and is fundamentally rooted in finding ways to free underrepresented bodies from patriarchic oppression.

Dan launched Dan Daw Creative Projects in 2015 and he is currently making his next work, ‘The Dan Daw Show’ in collaboration with theatre director Mark Maughan.

Adjaye Associates

Founded by Sir David Adjaye OBE, a Ghanaian-British architect with a passion for community-driven projects, who was recently awarded the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture. His approach to architecture as a force for change began when he observed the difficulties his brother Emmanuel – who was partially paralysed – faced when visiting his special school.

Selected completed works and current projects include: the Sugar Hill Mixed-Use Development and Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling in Harlem, New York; two neighborhood libraries in Washington, DC; the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver; the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo; the Idea Stores– two pioneering community libraries in London’s Tower Hamlets; the Edo Museum of West African Art (EMOWAA) in Benin City, Nigeria; the International Financial Corporation (IFC) Headquarters in Dakar, Senegal; the Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library in Johannesburg, South Africa and the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre, situated in London next to the Houses of Parliament.

Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT)

The ABTT is a membership organisation which sets and upholds standards in technical excellence, safety and compliance for theatre and live performance. They advise on safety, planning, good practice and enforcement and provide publications to support their members’ knowledge.

The ABTT currently provides advice through the Codes of Practice, Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment and Guidance notes and Publications. The ABTT produces a Code of Practice for the Theatre Industry with the Support of the Safety Committee. This includes (but are not limited to) Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment , ‘Blue Books’: Guidance Notes, Safety Matters, Sightline and FAQs.

Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment, acknowledged by the HSE, aspires to be a common guidance for the whole of the UK. These Technical Standards have been developed by an entertainment industry standing committee to help make improvements in building, maintaining, managing and operating places of entertainment.

The ABTT Theatre Planning Committee has been active for the past thirty years, providing impartial advice at planning stage to improve the design and technical standards to new or refurbished performing arts buildings of any size. It reviews plans for new and remodelled theatres, opera houses, performing arts centres and concert halls, which are brought to it by clients, consultants and architects.

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