Rachel's Posts

The Blind Person’s Podcast Making Kit Light Bulb Moment

  • 27th August 2020
The Blind Person’s Podcast Making Kit Light Bulb Moment

Hi, my name is Jeff Daniels, it's February 2020 and I am at Arnolfini, in Bristol with fellow core group members of the ‘City of Threads’ project. We are here to listen to expert Miranda Rae deliver a presentation about podcast production, the A to Z of ‘How To’. The presentation is going really well, and my mind is shifting gear, maybe going into overdrive… I need to explain a little here. I have been Severely Sight Impaired (SSI) for many years, I have also been an Assistive Technology Trainer.  Are you starting to think where this is going? Yes…  Accessibility? “The...

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Press release: HLF Funding success for City of Threads

  • 30th January 2020
Press release: HLF Funding success for City of Threads

We are delighted to announce that PECo Theatre has received a project grant of up to £43,600 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund towards ‘City of Threads - 7 decades of VI oral history ’. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, with additional ongoing support from Arnolfini, University of Bristol and Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio, the project will work with oral history content recorded by visually impaired [VI] people as they embarked on journeys of their own choosing through the city of Bristol with a sighted travelling companion, as part of PECo's...

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Sighted guide training

  • 26th November 2019
Sighted guide training

At PECo we have been working with visually impaired artists and core collaborators for over three years now developing our latest theatre project; an immersive multi-sensory journey into the city from a visually impaired perspective. As part of this we are committed to sharing the learning that we are undergoing around creating inclusive and accessible physical and creative environments for visually impaired people [VIPs]. Below are notes for sighted guiding put together by our core devising group, of whom over 3/4's are VIPs and whose shared experience of VI awareness raising, training and equal...

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Dark City compiled VI resources and Activites

  • 15th July 2019
Dark City compiled VI resources and Activites

     Contents   Support Groups + Organisations   Tools and Resources   Social and Activity Groups   Arts and Cultural Venues + Organisations   Intro: Prepared by PECo Theatre as part of the Dark City project, this document provides a list of resources, support, activities and opportunities available for visually impaired (VI) people in Bristol. The information presented has been gathered from the Dark City devising team, as well as a number of local VI meetup groups; it serves as a representation of rather than a full, comprehensive...

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Dark City outreach final session

  • 15th July 2019
Dark City outreach final session

PECo Theatre's final Dark City session took place on 23rd May.   It was such a special event and we are very grateful to everyone who attended for being so generous with their time and being open and honest about their unique situations as individuals, venues and organisations. We were pleased to be hosted by Watershed through our residency at the Pervasive Media Studio and of course thanks go to the project's funders ACE, BAB and the Quartet Fund. It was a packed 2 hours expertly facilitated by Emma Hughes; Dark City outreach producer, that was peppered with poems about the VI experience...

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Call out for VI ‘Journey Takers’ for Arnolfini city fellows

  • 15th July 2019
Call out for VI ‘Journey Takers’ for Arnolfini city fellows

[Image description: a photograph of Bristol Temple Meads station in black and white is in the background. In the foreground in bold orange text is the City Fellows logo, beneath it is written: ‘Creating Projects born from Bristol, bringing together artists, thinkers and doers to re-imagine the city]. Do you have lived experience of visual impairment? Would you like to join us to share your perspective on city life while exploring possibilities for the future of Bristol? Arnolfini and PECo theatre are looking for visually impaired (VI) people to join us for journeys into Bristol, uncovering...

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Creative technologist needed for Arnolfini city fellows project

  • 15th July 2019
Creative technologist needed for Arnolfini city fellows project

We are looking for a Creative Technologist to programme wearable technology that allows VI wearers to map and record their own narrative and bio-data as they travel through the city then process the data captured during the journeys, in consultation with the wider contributors, for public presentation. The accessibility and function of the technology used will be developed in consultation and collaboration with Arnolfini City fellow artist's Rachel Aspinwall and Holly Thomas, co-creators from the VI community and University of Bristol’s Dr Ute Leonards. It is vital that all tech first and foremost...

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Rachel Aspinwall and Holly Thomas are Arnolfini City Fellows!

  • 15th July 2019
Rachel Aspinwall and Holly Thomas are Arnolfini City Fellows!

We are delighted to announce that PECo's artistic director Rachel Aspinwall and core artist on the Dark City project Holly Thomas, have been appointed Arnolfni city fellows. Read Arnolfini's press release below! Arnolfini announces our City Fellows – two ambitious art projects created for Bristol by Bristol. Arnolfini today announces two ambitious and experimental projects co-created by the people of Bristol to address overlooked histories, pick up current conversations and dream for what the city needs next. PECo Theatre’s Rachel Aspinwall and Holly Thomas (collaborating as sighted...

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Dark City Podcasts

  • 21st March 2019
Dark City Podcasts

[image of a universe with the pupil of an eye in the centre] Dark City Podcasts are a series of interviews by veteran blind broadcaster Alan Dyte, with members of the visually impaired community, made in Bristol between October 2018 and April 2019 Interviewer: Alan Dyte - Alan was educated at the Bristol Royal School for the Blind – class of 1948 - and City of Bristol College. Alan is well known for his long standing role as a producer and reporter for BBC Radio Bristol from 1974 - 2003. Now retired he continues to be active and involved in many local initiatives including the Bristol Blind...

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Dark City Q&A – Holly and Rachel

  • 20th March 2019
Dark City Q&A – Holly and Rachel

  At a visual impairment accessibility lecture, attendees find events interrupted by a voice that hijacks the airwaves of the audio describe headphones they are wearing, calling them to action. The Dark City is in peril. Whole areas are disappearing, becoming impassable voids. Buildings and parks that used to be favourite haunts are causing sickness and injury. And now some of its citizens have started to disappear. The remaining citizens are organising to resist this threat to their world and they have sent out a call, will you take action, work with them to uncover the mystery of the peril,...

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