Planning Accessible Events

ISAN – Access Toolkit

ISAN logo. Text reads: Developing Outdoor Arts

The Independent Street Arts Network is a national membership and strategic organisation that aims to bring together the many diverse parts of the Outdoor Arts sector. ISAN celebrates the wonderful work, amazing talent and tremendous achievements of the brilliant individuals, companies and organisations working in this most accessible of art forms.

Download ISAN’s Access Toolkit here, for a comprehensive guide to making your outdoor event more accessible – from all things to consider before the event to what to be prepared for on the day.

As part of ISAN’s commitment to supporting the sector, they offer a wide range of published resources including toolkits, guidance documents and online guides. Visit ISAN’s resources page for their full publications list.


Booking British Sign Language Interpreters

If you’re looking to book BSL interpreters for you D/deaf audiences, we’d recommend visiting ASLI, the Association of Sign Language Interpreters.

You can book a member of ASLI directly, using their Advanced Search function to find Interpreters in your area and by specialist domain of work, which is incredibly useful if you’re running an event in specific sector, such as performing arts or theatre.


Welcoming Blind and partially sighted patrons offer a wealth of resource to making theatre resources more accessible.
They provide a detailed guide to support organisations welcoming Blind and partially sighted patrons to venues and events.
Visit their website for more details, resources and downloadable information.

Guidelines for Touch Tours

Vocal Eyes provide opportunities for blind and partially sighted people to experience the arts at UK’s theatres, museums, galleries and heritage sites. They offer an introduction to Touch Tours – what they are, how to prepare for them and best practice to deliver the most effective Touch Tour for your audience.
Download their Guidelines document here and visit their website for more information about their audio description services, training and consultancy.


Event Signage – Access

You can download our event signage template to help create useful access guidelines: This template was originally used in 2016 Doing Things Differently and presented alongside our access map for Bristol’s Castle Park.

Click here to download the Powerpoint file.


Photography credit: Weighting performed by Extraordinary Bodies, Bristol 2016. ©Joe Clarke