Professional Development

portrait of Train the Trainers group. 10 of the participants pose with trainers Tim and Steph, and Maria.

Extant provides training opportunities for Visually Impaired artists who want to take their skills and practice further. Our intensive 3-day Train the Trainer course, led by Steph Culter and Tim Gebbels, ran earlier this year and provided 12 blind and partially-sighted participants, a mix of emerging and experienced professionals from a range of backgrounds, with the further knowledge and experience needed to deliver Extant’s venue awareness training programme.

people of mixed ages sat on the sofa and floor of a radio station. A  guide dog sits in the centre of the group with his back turned to the

We also organise various artistic opportunities mostly based in and across London, including Extant Exchange – a networking opportunity for visually impaired creatives to share skills from their professional practice. The first session was led by performer Robin Yorke at LOST theatre, Wandsworth. Other workshops and development opportunities have included writing for stage and radio, acting, dance, magic, voice and movement, and clown work. All Extant training is created in collaboration with steering groups made up of visually impaired people.

From time to time we provide sighted guide training to individuals who we then employ as access workers to support our freelance workshop leaders and artists.