Event: Promoting AD Services Workshop
27 November 2017
We return to Birmingham Hippodrome, home to our conference last year, for our next workshop which explores ways of promoting and enhancing audio description services.
Hippodrome staff will join us during the afternoon as we look at the huge potential of social media for marketing audio description, and the valuable contribution that
volunteers bring in the role of customer care assistants.
Workshop: Promoting Audio Description Services
Audience: Audio Describers, Venue Staff
Venue: Birmingham Hippodrome
Hurst Street, Southside
Birmingham B5 4TB
Date: Monday 27 November 2017
Time: 14.00-16.30 (doors open 13.30)
Cost: ADA members: £25 Non-ADA members: £35
(includes coffee/tea on arrival and mid-session)
Payment: Cheques payable to Audio Description Association and forwarded to: ADA,
Box 306, 17 Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 1RW. For bank transfers, ADA’s account details are available from firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note payment must be made in advance and is non-refundable unless the event is cancelled.
Booking: To book your place, email email@example.com
Closing date for bookings: 20 November 2017
On booking please inform us of any access requirements and include your mobile number in case we need to contact you on.
Enquiries: To Jonathan Nash at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Event: Audio Description Association Annual General Meeting
26 September 2017
: 12:30 pm
This year’s Annual General Meeting of the Audio Description Association will take place on Tuesday 26 September at Theatres Trust, 22 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0QL
The AGM is open to all members of ADA; non-members are also very welcome to attend in a non-voting capacity.
This is a great opportunity to meet with others in the field and to share ideas.
Entrance to the AGM is free of charge.
Event: Recorded Description for Theatre and the Visual Arts
26 September 2017
: 2:00 pm
The session begins with a presentation by Alison Clarke, Audio Describer, and David Philips, Head of Production at New Wolsey Theatre, entitled:
A COLLABORATIVE JOURNEY
First Steps in Recorded Description for Live Performance
They will report on recent experiments with pre-recorded audio description in Ipswich,and answer questions from the floor.
This will be followed by a look at the current use of pre-recorded audio description in Europe, including (subject to confirmation) a presentation from French colleagues at
Acces Culture, and a discussion of the application of recorded AD in the visual arts, museum and heritage sector.
The essential details are:
Title: Recorded AD for Theatres and the Visual Arts
Audience: AD providers and users
Venue: Theatres Trust, 22 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0QL
Date: Tuesday 26 September 2017
Cost: ADA members: £25 Non-ADA members: £35
(includes coffee/tea on arrival and mid-afternoon)
Numbers are strictly limited and advance booking/payment is strongly
Cheques should be made payable to Audio Description Association and sent
to ADA, PO Box 306, 17 Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 1D.
For bank transfers, ADA’s account details are available when booking.
PayPal payments should be made to email@example.com
Please note that in this instance payments are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled.
Event: Audio Description in museums, galleries and heritage sites
27 March 2017
: 2:00 pm
The session will explore recent research on museum accessibility, how museums and galleries are using audio description, tips on describing in museums and galleries, and the HLF-funded partnership project Sensing Culture, between RNIB and heritage sites in the South East.
Speakers include Matthew Cock, Chief Executive of VocalEyes, Selene Burn, the Ritish Museums's Access and Equality Manager, Anne Hornsby, audio describer and Director of Mind's Eye, and Paula Suchy, audio description users.
Venue: British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
Date: Monday 27th March 2017
Time: 14.15 - 16,45 (doors open at 14.00)
Cost: ADA members: £25 Non-ADA members: £45
(Includes coffee/tea on arrival and mid-session)
Cheques payable to Audio Descripton Association and forwarded to ADA, Box 306, 17 Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 1RW. Cash and cheque payments also accepted on the day. For bank transfers, ADA's account dertails are available from ADA
Booking: Numbers are limited and early booking is advisable. Please email ADA
Contact: Anne Hornsby, Workshop Organiser or phone 07889 232438
Directions: British Museum
Event: National Conference on Growing Audiences for Audio Description
14 March 2016
In partnership with RNIB, the Audio Description Association is holding the first national conference on audio description of the century, exploring why audiences choose to come to audio described events (or not) and how venues can increase their take up for audio description.
Panels of users and non-users of audio description services will tell us what makes them decide whether or not to attend an audio described event, and identify ways in which venues and eescribers can encourage repeat visits and attract first timers.
Service provides and users will confront the factors affecting attendance, share models of good practice and investigate innovative and concrete strategies to increase engagement.
The Conference is relevant for:
marketing, programming and front line staff at venues and theatre companies providing audio description
audio description agenices
audience development agences and consultants
organisations of and for blind and partially sighted people
potential and current users of audio description across all major art forms
Tickets are limited on a first come, first serve basis and will sell out fast. Do make use of our early-bird offer.
Booking Options (Booking forms and flyers for the Conference can be found on our Update page of this website)
Early Bird bookings received up to and including 10 December 2015
ADA members £75 per delegate
2 ADA members from the same organisation £140 per pair
Non-ADA members £ 95 per delegate
Post 10 December 2015 bookings
All delegates £95 per delegate
2 delegates from the same organisation £180 per pair
Fixed rate for delegates with disabilities
All delegates £60 per delegate
For further enquiries and booking form please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Event: ADA AGM and Workshop
8 September 2014
Members and non-members are welcome at ADA's 15th Annual General Meeting which will take place on Monday 8 September at Theatres Trust, 22 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0QL.
Doors open at 12.00 noon to give everyone an opportunity to network before the AGM begins at 12.30 p.m. It finishes at 1.30 p.m. and coffee will be served in the interval between the meeting and the post-AGM workshop for people leaving, staying on or arriving for Listeners Plus which runs from 2.00 - 5.00p.m.
Listeners Plus was inspired by a plea from one of the panellists at our recent Consumers Workshop, Listening to the Listeners, for a more family-friendly approach to AD services. We have interpreted 'family' to mean all sighted companions of blind and partially-sighted theatregoers. They are often overlooked when AD services are discussed, yet they are an integral part of the AD user's visit to the theatre - and an untapped resource.
Front of House staff and AD users plus their theatregoing partners have been invited to join us for a brain-storming afternoon, from which we hope concrete suggestions for service development will emerge.
The workshop is open to all describers, AD users and service providers, but places are limited and booking is strongly advised. For ADA and ADA (Scotland) members, the workshop is free. For non-members, there is a token charge of £5.00, payable on the day. ADA membership subscriptions can also be paid on the day.
For more information about Listeners Plus, contact workshop leader, Anne Hornsby.
Click here for directions to the Theatres Trust (close to Leicester Square tube station).
To notify your intention to attend the AGM or book a place at the workshop, email us here
Event: Listening to the Listeners: AD Consumer Workshop
8 July 2014
: 2:00 pm
In 1997 the London Audio Description Service held a consumer’s forum at which AD users were invited to comment on what they liked or disliked about different audio description techniques. ADA’s next workshop repeats the exercise with a panel of experienced AD users pledged to give us their frank opinions of the audio description excerpts supplied by workshop leader Anne Hornsby.
The comments from the 1997 forum are still on record, giving us a chance to see how attitudes have altered in the intervening years. Are today’s describers getting their priorities right? Or, after 25 years of audio description in the UK, is it time to challenge and change them?
Join us for what promises to be a lively afternoon of debate and discussion - a rare and exciting opportunity for describers and users to engage in a dialogue which could have a significant influence on the next 25 years of British audio description.
Lynn Cox, Director, Arts Coaching Training and Churchill Fellow
Vidar Hjardeng, Diversity Consultant, ITV
Allan Russell, Presenter, RNIB Insight Radio
Kirin Saeed, Independent Performing Arts Professional and Consultant
Mark Smith, Leisure Activities and Telefriends Coordinator Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind
Tuesday 8 July 2014, 2.00-5.00pm*
*Doors open at 1.30pm for participants to come early and network. Coffee/teas
will be provided but bring your own lunch!
Theatres Trust, 22 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0QL
see www.theatrestrust.org.uk for directions
FREE to ADA members; £5 token charge for non-members payable on the day
No booking form required – just email email@example.com
to reserve a place. Any other enquiries about the workshop to go to Anne Hornsby at firstname.lastname@example.org
Event: Setting the Scene Workshop
14 May 2014
: 2:00 pm
This is the provisional title for ADA’s next workshop which takes place in the shiny new surroundings of Liverpool’s recently reopened Everyman Theatre on 14 May 2014. Led by ADA trainer Clare Le May, the workshop will focus on compiling and delivering introductions to stage performances.
Full information and a booking form will follow shortly. Meantime, here are the essential details for your diary (and wallet):
Liverpool Everyman Theatre
Wednesday 14 May 2014, 2-5pm
ADA/ADA (Scotland) members: £25.00
Contact email@example.com to register your interest.