Access

Welcome to our Access page. Navigate through the headers below to find different info about access facilities available at Turf and for your visit.

Head to our Visit Turf page for full info and a map plus access guidance for getting to us and our space.

At Turf we set up the following to accompany our exhibitions, workshops and events:

FREE

All our programme of events are at no cost.

Step-free access

There is step-free access to Turf’s gallery, project & workspace (at Whitgift Centre), and at little Turf (based at Keeley Road) containing project spaces.

 

Toilets on site

There are gender neutral toilets located on the lower ground floor of Turf’s studios accessible via one flight of 18 steps. Additionally there is an accessible toilet located inside the Whitgift Shopping centre (it is usually kept locked. Please ask at the information point inside the centre for the radar key).

 

Audio Induction Loop

We have an Audio Frequency Induction Loop System on site which hearing aid users can access by switching their aids to ‘T’ settings. Please ask a member of staff on site if you wish to use this when you arrive.


Adjustable sensory settings

We can offer an exhibition’s lighting or sound with adjustments. This can be accessed with advance request. We will also advertise dedicated times we will provide this in future. Contact us to plan your visit and book this type of request.

Materials archive

We have kept a range of handling samples of artists’ exhibition content which anyone visiting can access. Please ask a member of the team about this when you visit.

Audio Described exhibitions

We make audio descriptions of exhibitions available via our website with transcripts and on our Mixcloud and SoundCloud channels.

Captions and subtitles

Provided on any exhibition/workshop/event content with film.

Alternative formats 

Large print, easy-read & high-contrast exhibition guides and activities are available in the gallery and in digital formats on our website. For any other formats not mentioned please contact us to make your request.

Individual tours

Audio described & sign language interpreted tours are available on request with advance notice.

Dietary requirements 

Where our events have refreshments, we will consider a range of dietary requirements and provide information about what they contain.

Audio Guides for walking tour

For future projects with Fungus Press (our off-site public realm artist residency), we aim to provide an audio guide with information about the artworks, to allow anyone to go on a self-guided walking tour of all the Fungus Press sites.

For more info about Turf & the people who run it, visit the About Turf page.

English, French, Italian, Spanish, Bengali, Jhinuk speaks BSL at level 1

We aim to support artists and people who work with us by providing an inclusive experience as much as Turf team members can make possible. Here are just some of the ways we have considered, but we are always open to hear more ideas:

➯ Application and exhibition proposal support

➯ Team support with reasonable adjustments and access needs

➯ Funding support for disabled artists’ access needs – Access to Work guide for the arts and culture sector (Turf recommends reading the case studies on a self-employed visual artists within this guide)

➯ Using preferred pronouns and communication methods

➯ Help for artists to be creative with accessibility and inclusion – the team can advise on how to address accessibility in their work whilst keeping their creativity integrity intact.

As a small artist led charity, we’re working on building our reserves to fund more access facilities such as

 Provision of British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters and Lipspeakers on request at openings and events

 We are developing films to go alongside our main information content which will include British Sign Language.

 Tactile maps to illustrate exhibition layouts in our gallery spaces

➯ A quiet space to rest and gain private space if needed during your visit

 Changing Places and accessible toilets (there are currently toilets on site and accessible toilets based nearby within the Whitgift Centre).

We recognise our obligations under The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 and the Equality Act 2010.

We’ve developed the website so that it works on the widest number of devices and web browsers as possible. The site has been tested with disabled users. It is also compatible with assistive technologies such as JAWS and Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

 

We recognise we have more work to do and that we are a work in progress!

 

This website is not compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard because:

➯ Many of our downloadable documents aim to be, but are not all fully accessible

➯ Some of our legacy videos do not have subtitles or closed captions

➯ Some images may not have alternative text descriptions.

➯ Other decorative and spacer images may not have null alternative text

➯ Some of the text on our website is not written in Plain English

We do not currently have any information explained in British Sign Language

➯ Social media content that is fed into the website may not always be accessible

We do not currently have the funds to always consider live streaming our events.

On our Social Media channels and our website we have begun to ensure all our images include ‘Alt text’ but we know there may be some images in our archived posts without this feature.

If you spot something else that we haven’t listed please contact us to let us know, we always welcome your feedback and support.

Turf Projects (Turf) is a small, not for profit, charity arts organisation, and we strive to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible.

The team at Turf welcome everyone to participate and engage with art in Croydon.

We aim for Turf’s programme of exhibitions, workshops and events to include everyone. We recognise this aim as our responsibility in line with the Equality Act 2010 and we use the Social Model approach to provide inclusion for disabled people.

To find out further details about our commitment to be accessible and inclusive, please click on a box below.

If there are any details you cannot find or have an access request you want to discuss, please contact us by phone during our opening hours on 020 3251 0108 or email: info@turf-projects.com. You can also visit us to speak to a member of the team in person.

This statement was last updated in July 2021.

Photo of most team members with Artist Harold Offeh in their exhibition 'Croydon Plays Itself'