Notes from The Resting Network Roundtable #1 (South East Dance, November 2017)

Thank you for attending Raquel Meseguer’s roundtable event about recognising invisible needs, hosted at South East Dance in November. We were delighted to support Raquel and that so many venues and organisations were present, including:

Brighton Fringe FestivalBrighton DomeDepotDisability ArtsFabricaNational Theatre,OvalhouseONCARoot ExperienceShape ArtsSouth East DanceTheatre Bristol,Tobacco Factory Theatres & Trinity Centre.

12 simple ideas on how to take action right now:

  1. Make some dream time to re-imagine how you'd like people to use your building. For inspiration, re-listen to the roundtable event (email us for a link.)
  2. Extend an invitation to rest, reset, recharge, to those who use your building.
  3. Adopt an access statement about invisible needs/ hidden conditions. Add this to your website. Please see attachment for Raquel's suggested starting point. Ensure this communicates what you offer (e.g. cushions at box office).
  4. Nurture a culture of understanding at your organisation so your team is able to consider a wide range of different needs. Start by consulting your team about their needs.
  5. Develop language to talk about invisible needs and reflect this in your signage. Disability Equality training could be a great starting point: it gives people confidence in the language they use. 
  6. Designate a quiet area for ‘rest, reset, recharge’ within your building/organisation. Ensure your FOH team know about this area: why it is there, what is means, what assurances people might need to use it.
  7. Invite building users to take and/or write a ‘rest, reset, recharge’ sign e.g. from a ‘signage’ stand.  
  8. Test one 'fluid' performance in your next season. Ideally, audience would be welcome to lie down as well as stand up / stretch / move around during the show. Announce this relaxation of etiquette to your entire audience pre-show. 
  9. If your 'fluid' performance does not include the option to lie down, consider how / when you can offer this in your programme over the next 2 seasons. 
  10. Consider how your booking system can deliver a tailored service. E.g. Could information about 'fluid' performance appear when you scroll the back row seating?
  11. Ensure your marketing is user-friendly utilising: specific facebook groups, Disability Arts OnlineEuan's GuidePossibility PeopleIt's Local ActuallyAttitude is Everything, medical centres and surgeries, to welcome all audiences. Find your localCommunity Navigator's Scheme.
  12. Join the dots with other marketing departments across this network, to learn from each other and build critical mass.

The Ask

The Ambition

  • To develop an App used to find resting spaces across the country.
  • To host interventions/ workshops that raise awareness of invisible needs / hiddenconditions.
  • That venues/ organisations develop their offer for these communities.

To stay in touch or for questions about next steps of the project, please contact Artist Raquel Meseguer on


Below are some resources to help you find language that communicates well with your audiences. Above all, it is important that these discussions are had within organisations, so please do not be afraid. If you are in doubt please ask the communities you work with what kinds of language they would prefer.

Demystifying Access Guide - Unlimited
The Charter of Best Practice - Attitude is Everything
The Social Model of Disability - Disability Arts Online
The Social Model of Disability - Shape Arts

A Crash Course in Cloudspotting (the subversive act of horizontality)


A Crash Course in Cloudspotting

(the subversive act of horizontality)

Directed by Raquel Meseguer (Uncharted Collective), in collaboration with Artist / Designer Synnøve Fredericks and Composer Jamie McCarthy.

An invitation to pause. To listen. To rest.

An audio-visual journey for the ill, infirm and sick. That is all of us, If not today, then maybe tomorrow.

An ode to invisible disability and acts of bravery we don’t see.


A Crash Course in Cloudspotting audio-visual installation will be open to visit at:
Ovalhouse, Cafe Gallery, Mon 29 Jan – Sat 10 Feb, 12:00pm


Access Information

We can meet partially sighted audience at Ovalhouse station / bus stops on Friday 2nd Feb (3-6pm). Please call the box office to book. The main text in the installation is also available as audio. Tactile thresholds mark the boundary of the installation. 

We have a hearing loop system (headphones available at reception). The installation involves multiple speakers, and sound vibration is a key part of the experience.  A transcript of the audio stories is available at reception. 

We hope the installation is used as a resting space, to support people who visit Ovalhouse and access the theatre programme. 

If you have an invisible impairment, you can lie down to watch Medea Electronica on Fri 2nd Feb (we will create 5 resting spaces on the floor, in the first row. Please book early to avoid disappointment). 

We understand some people are not able to access the Ovalhouse building. An audio excerpt of the show will be available w/c 29th. 


An R&D project supported by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from Arts Council England.

    Raquel Meseguer speaks on BBC Radio 4 Four Thought

    Raquel will be sharing her vision for public resting spaces, and the need to change our perception of people lying down in a live recording and subsequent streaming of BBC Radio 4 Four Thought at Somerset House. 

    Sunday 5th November 2017, 2:00pm  3:00pm, Somerset House, London

    In this live recording their will be a limited number of spaces for those who would like to lie down at the event, please select "reclined seating" on the ticketing page found here:

    Come as you are: Pilot movement sessions for people with chronic pain @ Trinity Centre

    Free Movement Sessions for anyone who experiences chronic pain, or other hidden illnesses (i.e. fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue, lupus, etc which tend to have associated chronic pain).

    This is a safe space for us to play, move and rest together. We champion 'horizontality as participatory mode,' meaning you are free to lie down for all or part of the session.

    The format of the session is:

    10.30am - 11am:  space to arrive & stretch quietly together

    11am - 12pm: check in & movement session led by Raquel Meseguer (Unchartered Collective / Lost Dog).

    12pm - 12.30pm check out & space to rest before we go out into the world again.

    The Sessions are happening on 16 October, 30th October, 13th November and 27th November. 

    We can offer this session free, because Trinity Centre have given us space to test the demand for a regular session for people with chronic pain. The space is wheelchair accessible with some parking available, and we welcome people with different mobilities (n.b. as a group with chronic pain, we are not able to assist people with very complex mobility needs, who need help to support their weight).

    Where?      Trinity Centre

                      Trinity Road

                      BS2 0NW

    To find out more and to book your place please contact Please contact us prior to attending a session so we are aware of your access needs.