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Access, Website & Cookies

Accessibility & Inclusion

The British Art Network is working to remove barriers to access across our programming and published content.

As a team we want to learn and improve on an ongoing basis. This includes commissioning consultations and evaluation, conducting surveys and continually asking for feedback. If you have comments to share, or would like to tell us about experiences or ideas which you think are relevant to our work, do get in touch.

We aim to approach questions of achieving greater access, inclusion, representation and equity in a ‘joined up’ way. We want to ensure that these aims are fully embedded in our planning, programming and budgeting rather than treated as separate issues.

Our hope is that our commitments to making the programme accessible, representative and inclusive are demonstrated in our practices and published content, and apparent as well in the way we talk about ourselves and our activity.

On this page you can find out more detail about the expectations that we have about how events are planned and organised, and technical information about the standards we follow with our website.

Our Programme
We now issue pre-programme surveys for all bursary holders before they start their activity, to assist us in identifying and removing potential barriers and improving access.

Across BAN’s programme of live and online activity we ask for baseline accessibility provision. This covers venues, communication and planning.

Our baseline access provision requires:

  • wheelchair accessible venues
  • accessible toilets
  • gender-neutral toilets
  • quiet room at venues
  • captioning for online events and recorded content
  • agendas sent out in advance of events / meetings
  • minimum 10-minute break within every hour (NB. 5 minutes is not accessible)
  • continual signposting of the agenda during events
  • alt text for all digital images (on websites, social media, documents)

If you require any further information or clarification about any of these points, please contact the BAN team.

Beyond the core provision outlined above, BAN expects anyone planning activities supported by the Network to:

  • include a question about access requirements / adjustments in booking forms for events
  • market events and put a deadline on bookings far enough in advance to meet any requests made

We acknowledge that financial barriers can be an obstacle to achieving greater inclusion. We now provide some financial support for individuals involved in delivering BAN’s programme, and we are keeping the level and nature of this support under review.

BAN views fees for speakers and contributors as serving towards the aim of equity and access, and enabling participation. Bursary holders organising BAN events can decide when a fee for an invited speaker/facilitator would be appropriate. We would not expect fees to be paid where speakers/facilitators are contributing within their normal working hours or research practice. Fees might be offered where contributions are substantive and where speakers/facilitators are independent/freelancers or members contributing outside their normal work. Recommended fees based on recent BAN practice would be:

Speaker Fee £100 – £250

Facilitator / Chair Fee: £250 – £500

Written Commission £50-100 per 500 words

Should you wish to discuss this, or if have ideas on how BAN can move further towards equitable practice in this area, do please get in touch as we are keen to discuss.

Website Accessibility

It is estimated that there are almost 10 million people in the UK with some form of disability – one in six of the population (National Audit Office 2015)

We are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability.

The following features designed to improve accessibility for users with disabilities:

  • This website endeavours to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.
  • This site has been built using code compliant with W3C standards for XHTML and CSS. The site displays correctly in current browsers and using standards compliant XHTML/CSS code means any future browsers will also display it correctly.
  • Tab indexes are set such that the content links are presented first in the sequence they appear on the page.
  • Navigation items have background changes to highlight links and current page.
  • Links are written to make sense out of context.
  • Links to external web sites open up a new browser window where this is supported by the browser otherwise the same browser window is used.
  • This web site can be navigated without the use of a mouse.
  • All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes.
  • Content has been separated from visual design and cascading style sheets (CSS) are used for visual layout.
  • Only relative font sizes, compatible with the user specified “text size” option in visual browsers are used.
  • If your browser or browsing device does not support style sheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.

More information on accessibility along with advice on using Internet browsers is on the BBC MY Web, My Way website

From time to time it is necessary to carry out changes and developments to areas of the website, unfortunately during these times these areas may not fully conform to the accessibility guidelines outlined above.

If you should experience any difficulty in accessing any area of the website, please don’t hesitate to contact us using the contact form provided outlining the exact nature of the problem and your contact details.


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