Hawkesbury Regional Gallery

Overview

Hawkesbury Regional Gallery is located in a landmark building designed to reflect the heritage values of the surrounding district. Landscaped grounds and The Evergreen Cafe provide a pleasant…

Hawkesbury Regional Gallery is located in a landmark building designed to reflect the heritage values of the surrounding district.

Landscaped grounds and The Evergreen Cafe provide a pleasant environment for the enjoyment of art and culture. Exhibitions offer a variety of media in visual art, craft, photography and design. A guiding principle of the exhibition program is to uphold the Hawkesbury's artistic and creative heritage while showcasing the new and original.

At least some exhibitions come through the extensive network of public art museums of which the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery are part. All exhibitions aim to be thought-provoking, challenging and educational in the broadest sense of the word.

Every exhibition features artist and curator talks, and there are usually workshops, film screenings and other public programs designed to make the most of your gallery experience.

Access and Inclusion Statement

Actively welcomes people with access needs.
Advise tour guides of the access needs of guests at the time of booking (includes pick up and drop off requirements)
Ask all visitors if there are any specific needs to be met

Caters for people who are blind or have vision loss

Caters for people who are deaf or have hearing loss

Caters for people who use a wheelchair.

Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids)

Have a doorbell or intercom at an accessible height and display a contact number (accessible height is 900mm-1100 mm)
Have a low noise reception areas with hearing loss friendly acoustics and adequate lighting for viewing facial expressions (includes common areas which are free of background noise, background music)
Have a step free main entrance to the building and/or reception area (includes ramps or slopes with a maximum gradient of 1:14, otherwise are too steep for wheelchairs)
Have a wheelchair accessible toilet / shower and change room
Have accessibility information and photos, including of a bathroom, room and/or floor plan on your website (can be emailed on request)
Have an accessible public toilet which is unlocked
Have at least one wheelchair accessible parking space with wheelchair accessible signage clearly displayed (International standards are 3200mm wide x 2500 mm high)
Have grab rails in the bathroom
Have handrails on all your stairways
Have lifts with enough space for people using a mobility aid to enter and turn around to use the lift buttons. Buttons are at accessible height.
Have raised tactile buttons in your lifts
Have step free outdoor pathways (includes picnic areas, barbecues and shelters)
Have visual alerts for emergencies (Include flashing light)
Have volume controlled phones
Offer a range of contact methods for receiving complaints
Offer multiple options for booking - web, email, phone
Provide assistance with booking arrangements (includes providing clear itineraries with written instructions on what to do at various destinations)
Provide information in large print
Provide seating in common areas including reception area
Train your staff in customer service for people with vision loss (training would incorporate way finding and communicating with people with vision loss)
Train your staff in communicating with people who are deaf or have hearing loss
Train your staff in disability awareness
Use floors/coverings which are slip resistant, firm and smooth
Use non-slip tiles in the bathroom or slip resistant matting
Website meets WCAG 2.0 accessibility standards
Welcomes and assists people who have challenges with learning, communication, understanding and behaviour. (includes people with autism, intellectual disability, Down syndrome, acquired brain injury (ABI), dyslexia and dementia)

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