Past event

08 October to 09 October
10am - 4pm

Audio Description Workshops with Judith Jones

Day 1 Workshop in the Camerata Room. Participants listen to international examples of audio description.
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Day 1 Workshop in the Camerata Room. Participants listen to international examples of audio description.

Day 1 Workshop in the Camerata Room. Participants discuss ways to describe their selected objects.
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Day 1 Workshop in the Camerata Room. Participants discuss ways to describe their selected objects.

Participants in discussion
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Participants in discussion

Group discussion on how best to create an audio description of Tīkawe by Mata Ahou at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waitwhetu
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Group discussion on how best to create an audio description of Tīkawe by Mata Ahou at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waitwhetu

Looking up at Tīkawe by Mata Ahou at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waitwhetu
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Looking up at Tīkawe by Mata Ahou at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waitwhetu

08 October to 09 October. Free entry.

This event was delivered by The Physics Room Contemporary Art Space in partnership with UC Arts Te Rāngai Toi Tangata and Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities and with support from the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. It consisted of a weekend of free audio description workshops on 8 & 9 October 2022 from 10am - 4pm each day.


The intention was to support participants with audio description skills and experiences they can apply in their workplaces, while growing a collaborative audio describer community and encouraging accessibility
This workshop followed on from an event run in 2020, however almost all participants in 2022 were new to the practice.


The workshops aimed to be collaborative and practical, offering a supportive space for new and refreshing describers to consider and develop their own voice and approach to this art. We learnt and applied the key methods of audio descriptions as individuals and in small groups.


Day one was a practical introduction to the theory and key elements of audio description, welcoming newcomers and offering a refresher for those already developing their audio description practice.


Day two focussed on audio description for public places and artworks in the central city. Following the workshop, participants were invited to contribute to a series of audio descriptions of public artworks, to be hosted on the Toi Ōtautahi interactive public artwork map.


Cross Sector engagement
This workshop was supported by both Blind and Low Vision NZ and Arts Access Aotearoa. Although they were unable to attend, Judith visited BLVNZ for a follow up on Monday. Contacts and resources from BLVNZ and Arts Access Aotearoa were also shared as part of the workshop with all participants encouraged to join the Arts For All Network.