Creating accessible and inclusive arts experiences for people who are Blind or have low vision.
News & upcoming events
- Exhibition: Wallace and Gromit and Friends: The Magic of Aardman by ACMI – Saturday January 27 [Audio Intro] [More Info]
- Festival: Midsumma 2018 – we’re presenting a range of described shows in this year’s festival, starting Sunday January 14 [More Info] [Audio Guide]
Description Victoria provides professional 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.
Read about our work in The Weekend Australian Review.
Listen: Site description and introduction for Pivot, part of the 2017 Melbourne Fringe.
Listen: Describing Light – a walking tour for the 2017 Gertrude Street Projection Festival.
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.
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, designing 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 translates. 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.
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Clients & collaborators
Arts Centre Melbourne,
Melbourne Theatre Company,
Australian Centre for the Moving Image,
All The Queen’s Men,
Blind Citizens Australia,
Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey,
Theatre Network Australia,
Gertrude Street Projection Festival,
Quippings: Disability Unleashed,
KAGE Dance Theatre,
Liz Carr / In Company Collective,
Arts Access Victoria,
Poppy Seed Festival,
The Other Film Festival,
Weave Movement Theatre,
The Captioning Studio,
City of Sydney.