Bold Tendencies

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Bold Tendencies is a public space, open to all.  Everyone is welcome and we are committed to making our site and programme an accessible and inclusive environment for all visitors, artists and staff.

We are also committed to making our digital presence accessible. We want as many people as possible to be able to use our websites and platforms and work is continuing to fulfil this aim. 

When we organise off-site projects we work with project partners to ensure the greatest level of accessibility possible.

Contact Details

For all access enquiries we respond within 2 working days. You can reach us by: 

  • Email: access@boldtendencies.com
  • Telephone: 0207 732 5453
  • Letter: Bold Tendencies, 4 Holly Grove, Peckham, London, SE15 5DF 

The Bold Tendencies Nominated Access Officer is Tom Kelly, Site & Production Manager.

Site Accessibility

Parking — There is limited Pay and Display parking on the ground floor of the site (accessible from Cerise Road off Hanover Park). We advise that you do not arrive by car if possible, but if necessary click HERE to see Southwark Council’s Find Somewhere to Park webpage for more information on local parking options.

Blue Badge Holders — If you are a Blue Badge holder, there are five parking bays available on the ground floor of the site. You can park free of charge and without a time limit at any Southwark Council car park or on-street parking, including any Pay and Display or disabled parking outside the site. For more information for Blue Badge holders, click HERE.

Entrance Stairwell — A 9-floor staircase that consists of 86 steps will take you from the ground floor to the rooftop. There is a metal handrail for support throughout. There are four sets of double doors in the staircase, all of which are fully open at all times when we are open to the public.

Step Free Access — Step free access is available from the ground floor. You can contact us in advance to give prior notice of your requirements using the contact details above. This can also be arranged on arrival with the security team at the main entrance.

(1) Lifts — Lifts are available from the Ground Floor to Floor 7. After informing the door staff of your request for lift access, bear right from the main entrance and along the alleyway that runs adjacent to the car park. There is a set of black metal doors leading to the Pay and Display car park 90m from our main entrance on your left hand side. You will find the lift lobby on your left-hand side, which is where a member of staff will meet you. You must be accompanied to use the lift.

(2) Ramps — If the lifts are out of service then step free access will be given through the car park ramps from the ground floor. There are 10 ramps each of which have a gradient of 7.5 degrees. A wheelchair is available for visitor use upon request and a member of security will be able to assist.

Rooftop Spaces — The rooftop is step free. The Peckham Observatory is accessed via two staircases, each of which have 18 steps. There is a 2.9 incline on the south side (Floor 9) of the rooftop which leads to the garden and toilet block. The toilet block can be accessed via a level path across Floor 10. The rooftop is clearly lit at all times while open to the public.

Covered Spaces — Beneath the rooftop there are two floors of covered spaces (Floors 7 & 8) that are used for the public in the case of live events or step free access to the rooftop. Access to the covered floors from the rooftop is via a single concrete ramp that is 3m wide and 11.5metres long with a 7.5 degree gradient). From time to time, live events will necessitate the use of Floor 7, which follows the same incline as Floor 9 above.

Seating – There is a range of seating provided around the rooftop. We also have portable stools and additional seating available to borrow. If you require any assistance, please ask a member of staff.

Toilets — Toilets are located on the east side the rooftop. They consist of a central aisle with fourteen gender neutral eco-compostable toilet cubicles on a raised platform (4 steps up). There are seven cubicles on either side as well as a bank of urinals. There is one accessible toilet which has baby changing facilities.

Changing Places — We do not have a Changing Places toilet on site. Click HERE to visit Southwark Council’s Public Toilets in Southwark webpage for more information on local public toilet facilities.

Quiet Room A quiet room is available on request and is located just off the main rooftop area.

Assistance Dogs  You are welcome to bring guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs into Bold Tendencies. Drinking bowls are available from Visitor Services and Frank’s Cafe. The nearest green space to walk your dog is across the road at Holly Grove Shrubbery (3 minutes away). If you require any assistance or directions, please ask a member of staff.

Help on Site

Wheelchairs — We have a limited number of wheelchairs available at Visitor Services. In the event you would like to request one whilst on site, please ask a member of staff to assist you.

Interpretation — Large Print and Easy Read interpretation for the site and artworks is available from Visitor Services.

Tours — Family-friendly tours of the site and artworks are available throughout the day from Visitor Services, for groups of all sizes, ages and backgrounds.

Medical Equipment — We welcome visitors who need to bring medicines, food or soft drinks to manage a medical condition, or medical equipment. If you require a private space on site for medical reasons, our Quiet Room is available on request.

Prayer Room — We welcome visitors of all faiths. If you require a private space for prayer, our Quiet Room is available on request.

Visual Arts

Our annual programme of visual art commissions takes place on the rooftop spaces, open to the public during our opening hours. 

Safe spacing — We allow a minimum of 1.3 metres distance between artworks and other objects on site, for people who may be using mobility equipment to move around easily and safely.

Comfortable seating — We provide static seating across the site for viewing artworks, as well as limited portable stools, wheelchairs and additional seating available for you to borrow whilst on site.

Relaxed Viewing — We have identified times during our opening hours that are less busy, quieter and offer a relaxed experience for enjoyment of the site and our annual art commissions. The quietest times on site are in the morning and early afternoon, between 11am – 3pm on weekdays. Our busiest times are at the weekend and in the later afternoon and evening, between 3pm – 11pm.

Participation — When commissioning new works for the site we always consider the potential for participatory elements, whether through satellite projects inspired by or to animate the artwork, open calls or interaction with the sculptures.

Multi-sensory Experiences — We consider multi-sensory ways to experience each artwork that can appeal to visitors of all ages and sensory abilities, and where possible, provide sensory stations with components from the installation. 

Live Events

Live events take place on the covered floors below the rooftop. The majority of live events are open to everyone and people of all ages. For live events where this is not the case, we will indicate these limitations clearly on our website (e.g. if a film screening includes age-restricted content). 

Accessible Seating — Wheelchair spaces are available in the audience seating areas. Assistance Dogs are welcome to all live events.

Relaxed Viewing — We offer opportunities for selected live events to experience free Open Rehearsal performances with reduced noise and numbers of people.

Concessions — All tickets at Bold Tendencies are subsidised to make them as available and accessible as possible to our audiences. We offer further concession tickets for selected live events — please enquire if you are interested in these.

Companions — We offer free companion / carer tickets upon request. Please email us to arrange an additional ticket.

Education, Community & Play

Special Educational Needs Students — We offer a range of inclusive learning opportunities available for SEN schools including on-site and digital workshops. These are designed and delivered in collaboration with schools or carers, and from time to time are open to the public and advertised on our website. For more information, visit Education, Community & Play.

Family Days — We run an annual open family day on site. This includes our core Creative Learning Workshop offer alongside special one-off activities and intergenerational workshops that explore the site and our artworks, and access to open rehearsals.

Communications

Interpretation 

Accessible Signage — All artwork interpretation is placed at an accessible height of 1.1m and is printed in at least size 14 font using clear layouts with high contrast.

Clear Language — All artwork interpretation is written in clear language and short paragraphs as to consider numerous reading levels.

Audio Description – A verbal description of all artworks and their interpretation is available by scanning QR codes around the site. They are also available as a playlist on our website and Spotify account.

Large Print — Large print of all interpretation is available with size 18 font from Visitor Services.

Easy Read Guides Easy Read Guides of all interpretation on-site that provide plain language descriptions with visual accompaniment are available from Visitor Services.

Cautions — If flash photography is permitted or flashing lights are involved in event/exhibition/piece of work, we make sure there is clear signage at the entrance and other key locations around the space.

Subtitles — Where possible we use subtitles for all promotional moving image content we produce, or provide transcripts on request.

Marketing

Accessibility Information — We make it clear on our website and any listings what the accessibility and access provisions will be.

Alt Text — For all professional documentation of our programme that we upload to social media platforms, we include visible Alt Text in the image caption.

Design — We present print information, like flyers, accessibly — using clear and uncomplicated design layouts and high contrasting colour schemes. We avoid layering small text over busy images or patterns

Website

We are aware that some elements of our website remain harder to access and continue to work to improve accessibility for historical as well as new content.

Design — We keep our website design as clear and clean as possible, using high contrasts and avoiding complex graphic design, opaque functionality or overlapping content.

Text — We use black on white text at a minimum font size of 12.

Zoom — Users can zoom in up to 150% without text overlapping or spilling off screen.

Hyperlinks — Use descriptive hyperlinks for clear navigation.

Alt Text — We provide alternative text and captions for all new images we upload to our website.

Subtitles — Where possible we use subtitles for all new moving image content uploaded, or else provide transcripts on request.

Access Information — We have a dedicated page with all our access information clearly explained.

Contact — We ensure multiple contact platforms for users.

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