Code Revision June Update

A recap of the second Accessibility Focus Group meeting and four discussion papers for your feedback.

Discussion Papers

Illustration by Emily Johnson.

A reminder that we want to hear your thoughts and ideas on best practice for: Commissioning New Work; Festivals; Hiring Space; and Temporary Public Art. We have also reactivated the Funding discussion paper as responses have not been enough for us to start developing content for this new section. 

Feedback closes Sunday 11 July.


The Accessibility Focus Group met for the second time in June and included eight artists and arts workers with disability. The meeting was facilitated by Daniel Savage. 

The group discussed the content of the revised Code of Practice in regard to information about accessibility. It was resolved that the Code of Practice would include a statement and general information about access and provide a disability arts framing in the Principles, Ethics and Rights section of the Code, as well as include more specific information and strategies throughout all other sections of the Code where applicable. It was suggested that this information could be presented as a set of questions or provocations for the reader rather than being prescriptive in detail. The group also discussed the kind of language that the Code would use, focusing on strengths based language rather than deficit based.

It was highlighted that the Code should focus on information about the working relationship between artists with disability and organisations rather than organisations working with audiences with disability, as there is already information on this topic available elsewhere. Group members also discussed different ways of working and perspectives on time, and the benefits of integrating these into the working relationships between artists and organisations.

For more information on the Code of Practice revision, go to Revising the Code of Practice: A Collaborative Plan.