On this page you’ll find up-to-date information about venue, event and website accessibility, covering our regular quarterly programme at Summerhall. We also run occasional events at other venues; accessibility information for those will be found along with their publicity material.

The front of Summerhall, showing the main entrance, as seen from the corner of the Meadows. Photo by Magnus Hagdon.

♿ Physical Access: Fair

Summerhall, where most of our events are held, has step-free access at the south side of the complex, from the close named Summerhall Square, which leads into the central courtyard. Outside the hours of 1000 – 1800, there is an entry intercom that can be used to connect to the reception team to open this entrance. Vehicle access is also possible via this entrance; please contact us if you require this for accessibility. The front entrance has five fairly steep steps, and there is step-free and ramp access to the coutyard and Anatomy Lecture Theatre from there. It is roughly four minutes from the front entrance to the rear entrance, and the ramp down into the courtyard has a fairly steep turn to be aware of. A map is depicted below.

Our venue for most events is the Anatomy Lecture Theatre in Summerhall. This venue has step-free and wheelchair access directly from Summerhall’s internal courtyard. 10% of our seats are step-free and wheelchair accessible, and are located on ground level at the front of the performance space. Most of our seats are wooden, so do bring a cushion if pain may be an issue for you; a limited number of soft seats can be available in the front row.

For artists, the stage, backstage and green room areas are all step-free and wheelchair accessible.

Buses are Lothian Bus Routes 3, 5, 7, 8, 29, 31, 47, 49 (to/from South Clerk Street, roughly 8 minutes from the front entrance) and 42, 67 (to/from the front entrance).

Summerhall staff can provide an access assistant for audience members on request. More details of this and of other spaces in Summerhall can be found on their website.

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A map indicating the step-free routes to the Anatomy Theatre in Summerhall, as described above. All dotted lines are step-free; the main entrance is stepped from the street.

🚽 Toilets: Fair

A toilet with step-free access is available directly outside the venue. This toilet is not, however, wheelchair accessible due to lack of turning space and lack of support bars. A wheelchair accessible toilet is available in the building, a medium distance away.

All nearby toilets are single occupancy, and the two step-free toilets are gender neutral.

hearing loop  Induction Loop: Yes

We have worked with Summerhall to install an induction loop in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre, where our core events are held. For events outside the ALT, we will detail provision in the event description.

BSL-LOGO  BSL Interpretation: Yes

All of our cabarets from June 2016 onwards feature BSL interpretation for all acts with texts. Discussion on extending this to our other events is pending. Printed texts of all acts are available before the performance on request to hello@anatomyarts.co.uk.

Each event usually contains both sound art which is majority audio and movement art which is majority visual and dialogue-free. We will indicate these events in publicity material.

Audio Description « Friends of the Devonshire Park Theatre Audio Description: No, but Trialling

Audio description is not currently available for all events due to budget and technical constraints. We will be trialling audio description for one event in 2019.

We will include an expanded budget for these services in all future funding applications, including budget to work with artists on adapting work to accommodate description and signing.

Each event usually contains both sound art which is majority audio and movement art which is majority visual and dialogue-free. We will indicate these events in publicity material.

Content Notes: Yes

We will provide on publicity and in the venue warnings of pieces which contain common and severe trauma and seizure triggers, including images of violence, sexual content, images and sounds of warfare, strobes, and sudden noises.

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The Anatomy Lecture Theatre as seen from the stage. Photo by Brian Hutchison.

Accessible Web Design: Yes

We have built our website to be visually straightforward and easy to read. We work to meet WCAG Guidelines within the limitations of the WordPress system.

All images will have appropriate descriptions, and all links will be usefully labelled. This may not be the case of posts in our archive, but will be of all posts from April 2016 onwards.

Alternative Application Formats: Yes

We will design our application forms to be simple, straightforward, and easy to fill in. We accept audio and video pitches, along with other alternative forms of application, as long as they cover key content. We will indicate this on all future call-outs. Please enquire at hello@anatomyarts.co.uk about this before submitting.

Safer Spaces and Inclusivity: Yes

We want Anatomy to be a space for everyone where everyone can feel welcomed and respected. This means that it is a space free from negative actions and behaviour which might prevent people from watching or performing. Everyone coming to Anatomy is asked to be aware of their language and behaviour, and to think about whether it might be harmful to others. This is no space for violence, for touching people without their consent, for being intolerant of someone’s religious beliefs or lack thereof, for being sleazy, racist, ageist, sexist, hetero-sexist, trans-phobic, ableist, classist, sizist, or for using any other behaviour or language that may perpetuate oppression. Anyone breaking this policy will have this explained to them and may be asked to leave.

We want to make Anatomy inclusive of artists from the widest range of backgrounds, regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, dis/ability, age, class, education, or any other related form of marginalisation and oppression. From 2016 onwards, we will respectfully  monitor the diversity of our artists, allowing for artists to opt out of this form if they prefer. We will do this purely to find out how well we’re currently doing, and we will take affirmative action as needed. We will continue to explicitly welcome applications from artists from marginalised groups, and will reach out to relevant networks when seeking applications.

Feedback and Getting Better

We’re just beginning to work hard on our accessibility at Anatomy, and we know there’s more that we can do. We’re committing to increasing our accessibility budget every time we apply for funding. We know that there may be information that’s missing here, or things that we might have got something wrong. If you have any questions about access issues, want to tell us what we’re doing wrong, or offer any feedback at all, we’d really love to hear from you at hello@anatomyarts.co.uk.

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