We want everyone to be able to enjoy what we offer:
We welcome families!
There is space for parking pushchairs.
We have baby changing facilities on the ground floor.
You are very welcome to breastfeed in any of our public areas.
You are welcome to bring baby food with you for younger children.
Disabled access & facilities
The Art House recognises the diverse needs of the people who visit us and are striving continuously to ensure that all members of the community can enjoy what we offer.
Our ground floor has level access with wide spaces for wheelchairs to move about, good lighting, varied seating options and we also have an accessible, gender-neutral toilet on the ground floor.
The first floor is accessed via a wide staircase with banisters on either side. Our volunteers are happy to assist, in any way they safely can, if you need help in moving around the building.
We recognise that access to the first floor is an issue for some people who have mobility issues and it is not wheelchair accessible. This is an area of deep frustration for us and we are committed to remedying this in future, to make all public areas fully accessible.
In the meantime, we have a policy of holding events and groups on the ground floor as a first choice unless there is a good reason not to. Most of our performance events are now held on the ground floor.
We will also move events to the ground floor cafe if we know that somebody wants to come who needs level access – we can do this in almost all cases although there are some times when it’s not possible for practical reasons (e.g. if we are showing a film or running a workshop during opening hours). Most individual events will have accessibility info on them.
Quite a few of our volunteers know some basic British Sign Language.
We are a stim friendly space, please feel free to stim or self soothe in any way you need to.
What we really need is helpful feedback and suggestions from people with different access needs, so if you are willing to discuss this with us and give your opinion on the options we are looking at , that would be amazing. Please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
Where disabled people park?
Hello Eileen – the closest disabled parking to us is outside the art gallery, in commercial road – or behind us in Park Walk. For a map of all parking see here: https://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=113251353775472736251.000463e711c492159b01f&ll=50.909961,-1.407022&spn=0.009539,0.01914&z=16&dg=feature