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.
It has given me more confidence personally and in my work life, having a greater knowledge and being able to assist in a workshop right away, which improved my confidence as a visually impaired practitioner.
‘Access is a major issue in today’s society and I am glad that I have this opportunity to make a difference. I look forward to being able to deliver trainings that will inspire and empower people to be innovative when providing services to visually impaired people.’
Quotes from Train the Trainer participants
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.