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Aspex Gallery

Transcript of Video: 'My name’s Sally Steel, I’m the Administrator at Aspex. Aspex is a contemporary Art Gallery in Portsmouth and we have a shop and a café and an education room and artist resource centre as well and because I’m the Administrator I support the Director in all the administrative functions to do with the Gallery, so everything from recruitment to training, finances, working with the Trustees, and also I’ve been leading on our diversity plan that we have at the Gallery. We got involved in Get a Plan just before we moved to our new building so it was a very good time for us to get involved in the training, because not only did it mean we could look at all the access issues we needed to consider in our new building but it also meant, because we were looking at our programme, our audiences, we knew we would get a lot more visitors, more diverse visitors, we hoped, in the new gallery. It gave us a chance to look at our programme, as well, how we greeted audiences when they came in the gallery, and all the new challenges we would face in the new buildings so it came at a really good time for us, it was a chance to stop and think about all those issues. When we were considering the access issues in the building we wanted any adjustments we made to be very much in keeping with the building. It’s a very clean building, very spacey, we don’t have a lot of fixed furniture or fittings, everything can be moved around, particularly in the café, the education area where we can move the tables and chairs out if we need to, which we have done, when we’ve had disabled visitors in the gallery. We wanted it to be very easy for wheelchairs to move around the building so our reception desk is very open. You just need to walk up to the desk, you don’t have to try and find it along corridors or anything like that, we have the disabled toilet, we have lifts to take you up to the offices so when we have meeting room hires, people with wheelchairs need to use the meeting room, that’s no problem, and we also kept the flow of the shop fairly clear so that people with wheelchairs could use the shop fairly easily. So I think everything we’ve tried to do with the gallery works very well, I don’t think anything that we’ve done is obtrusive or obvious, we’ve had very positive feedback from visitors when they come in, and the fact that people don’t have to come up to the reception desk and ask for things or ask for special help very much, usually they can just find their way around the building, they seem to quite enjoy being here, so we’re really pleased with that. Because I went through the Get a Plan training I’ve carried on managing our diversity action plan so we’ve been making great strides in all areas so for instance, we had the Get A Plan training sessions here at the gallery, I’ve joined the access advisory group, which is a group for museums and art galleries, to just sit around and share information really and have speakers to talk about various access issues and we’ve also started to make a lot of connections with disabled artists and various arts organisations in the region, which we’re hoping to build on and carry on doing. My name is John Adams, I live locally to Aspex Gallery, I’m a disability artist, I used to be a disabled artist and I’m developing a relationship to show an entros, basically, next year I’ve been shown at a couple of exhibitions that they’ve had here too.'