Research Project on behalf of Arts Council of Wales and National Museums Wales

The Arts Council of Wales (ACW) and the National Museum Wales (NMW)  have recognised that “...despite targeted initiatives, we are not reaching as deeply into communities who face the greatest disadvantage as we would wish. We have more to do to ensure equality of opportunity across our communities (Widening Engagement Tender Brief, July 2020”. In response to this acknowledgement they have contracted us as a group of deaf and disability consultants to attempt to understand the reasons for many disabled people being excluded or disengaged from arts and cultural heritage activities in Wales.

The consultants are:
-Trevor Palmer: Disability community consultant                          
-Jonny Cotsen: Deaf community consultant
-Mary Allen: Learning disabilities consultant especially for non-verbal communicators
-Richie Turner: Lead researcher
-Lyndy Cooke: Project manager

ACW and NMW need to hear what disability led organisations, disability support organisations, individual disabled people themselves and their carers have to say about engaging in creative cultural activity, and what support might look like if they’re to be enabled to do this? They are seeking to better understand the interests, ambitions, frustrations of those who, for whatever reason, either choose to believe that the arts “aren’t for them” and have chosen not to use National Museums Wales as a resource, or who have been excluded and unable to attend, participate or work in the arts and cultural heritage sectors throughout Wales.

The term “disabled” in the context of our research covers people who self-define as D/deaf or otherwise sensory impaired, as neurodiverse,
as physically impaired or as having a learning difficulty or cognitive impairment and who experience socio-economic barriers related to their impairments.

Please note all data collected as part of this survey is collected by the consultants on behalf of the Arts Council of Wales and National Museums Wales and you agree for this data to be shared with both these organisations for the purposes of undertaking this research, and further possible engagement.  Personal data will only include your name and contact details, subject to you agreeing to provide this information. If you are an individual and do not wish to provide your personal contact details you can still complete this survey anonymously.

We are also carrying our surveys of:
- disability led and disability led organisations. The link is  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LXPCGVQ
- individual disabled people. The link is https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LN6YYWR

This survey is also available in Welsh: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LGHJLBW

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* 1. Have you supported a disabled person / family member to attend an arts event or to take part in some form of arts activity?

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* 2. Have you supported a disabled person / family member to visit one or more of the National Museums in Wales?

If you answered no to either question 1  or question 2 or both, please answer all the questions in following section:

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* 3. Are you aware of the range of arts events and activities that a deaf or disabled person / family member could attend locally?

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* 4. Are you aware of the range of events and activities that National Museums Wales offer locally to a deaf or disabled person / family member?

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* 5. Does the person you care for need support to attend an arts event or visit a museum?

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* 6. Does the person you care for have any access requirements in order to attend an arts event or visit a museum?

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* 7. If they have previously experienced difficulties attending an arts event or visiting a national museum please explain why?

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* 8. Are you interested in taking part in further group discussions (safely online) to discuss in more detail why the person you care for has not attended an arts event or has not participated in a National Museum Wales’ activity? 

These discussions will also be asking for both your feedback and their views on what a programme designed to fund and support creative activity for them locally, and run by the Arts Council of Wales and the National Museums Wales, might look like, how it could be organised and how it could widen arts and cultural engagement for all deaf and disabled people?


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* 9. If both you and the person you support can participate in further discussions please provide us with your contact details:

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* 10. Where do you live?

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