Description
Victoria

Creating accessible and inclusive arts experiences for people who are Blind or have low vision.

News & upcoming events

  • Event: CHURCH by Mama Alto – Sunday September 17 and Sunday September 24 [More Info]
  • Installation: Pivot by Melbourne Fringe – September 14 to October 1 / Tactile Tour Saturday September 23 [Audio Intro] [More Info]
  • Theatre: Congress by Melbourne Fringe and All The Queen’s Men  – Sunday October 1 [Audio Intro][Book Tickets]
  • Theatre: Hay Fever by Melbourne Theatre Company – Tuesday October 17 and Saturday October 24 [Audio Intro][Book Tickets]

About Us

Description Victoria provides description services for art and media. Audio description adds live or pre-recorded verbal information to performances, events, exhibitions, and moving images. Designed for people with vision impairments, this information is delivered through a variety of means that complement the work.

Our describers come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines in art, performance and media, combining their own expertise with expert training in description. We have described for theatre shows, exhibitions, documentary videos, films, fireworks displays and live art experiences. Audio description can be adapted to any work in any medium.

We also provide comprehensive advice and support on marketing your show to audiences with low vision, and consider the experience of your patrons from the first moment they hear about the work, to the time they step out of the venue.

Our Values

Equity of access

We aim to create an experience that is as close as possible to that a sighted audience has. Our service is designed to be as inclusive as possible, and reinforce the power of art as a social, human experience.

Audience first

We listen to our audience when making decisions about how the service is developed and rolled out. We take a robust approach in gathering audience feedback and give patrons the opportunity to voice their opinion on the quality and delivery of the description. We act foremost as advocates for our audience in arts spaces, ensuring their needs are met.

A holistic approach

We consider the needs of the audience from their very first interaction with the company. This includes the creation of marketing materials in audio and screen-reader friendly formats, creating accessible booking processes, and considering the needs of the audience in arts environments.

Respect for the art

Practised properly, audio description complements the work it interprets. We work to integrate description in seamlessly, rather than imposing it on the show. This means avoiding unnecessary interruption of dialogue, respecting the world created by the show, and consulting creatives and cast where necessary on complex or sensitive visuals. We also seek to cast diverse voices that best fit the tone of the work being presented.

Our people & get in touch

Learn more about our people here.

Are you ready to explore further? Contact us today to find out how we can work together to make your work inclusive, accessible, and excellent. We are based in Melbourne, Victoria, but are happy to hear about opportunities across Australia and the world.

Email: will@descriptionvictoria.com.au,
Voice or text: +61 405 725 423,
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Past and present clients

Arts Centre Melbourne,
Melbourne Theatre Company,
Malthouse Theatre,
Melbourne Fringe,
Mama Alto,
Gertrude Street Projection Festival,
Quippings: Disability Unleashed,
KAGE Dance Theatre,
Liz Carr / In Company Collective,
Arts Access Victoria,
Next Wave,
Poppy Seed Festival,
The Other Film Festival,
Outlandish Arts,
Weave Movement Theatre,
Museum of Australia Democracy at Eureka,
The Captioning Studio,
City of Sydney,
Restless Dance Company,
State Theatre Company of South Australia,
Adelaide Festival of Arts,
Adelaide Fringe.