MyLibrary Hackathon -Two Day Event - Exeter Library

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Exeter Library

Rougemont Room, Exeter Library, Castle Street, Exeter, EX4 3PQ

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My Library

Arts, tech and accessibility

Day 1 – 16 February 2019, 11am-3pm
Day 2 – 23
rd February 2019, 11am-3pm

Rougemont Room, Exeter Library (wheelchair accessible)
Refreshments and BSL interpretation will be provided.


This is an exciting opportunity for, disabled, Deaf and non-disabled artists, thinkers, technologists, and arts & tech lovers to attend a two-day event looking at how we can make our libraries the most accessible space possible using arts and technologies. This free event for a small group will lead to funding opportunities for the best ideas to emerge from the sessions.

Libraries have always been democratic spaces, open to and used by everyone, and we want to use creativity and technology to find new ways to make our libraries accessible.

Over the two days, we will discuss, dream and scheme. Ideas will be presented, and funding awarded to research and develop the strongest ideas or to create prototypes during February and March.

Following this period of research and development, we aim to provide further funding to commission at least one prototype during 2019-2020, to be developed and installed in one or more of our Devon Libraries.

Our dream is evocative, innovative, useable art in our libraries to make them a more useful space for a wide range of users.

The event will be led by Libraries Unlimited in partnership with CEDA. To kickstart creativity, artist Sue Austin, Director of Freewheeling will show 360° films in her walk-in surround screen and talk about her world famous underwater wheelchair films and her work with CEDA members. Craig Bowden of CEDA and Creative Consultant Gillian Taylor will share experiences of using technology to create immersive experiences for disabled people.

The workshop leaders will work participants to develop their ideas collaboratively, in a supportive environment. During the event, ideas will be developed, including project descriptions and budgets which can be presented to the panel. The strongest idea(s) will be selected for development funding.

To register for a place please follow link below to Eventbrite or call Exeter Library on 01392 407027. A more detailed schedule of the day will be available in due course to all attendees. Personal assistants are of course welcome - we ask that they also book a ticket, to assist with our planning.

Who the event is for

The event is for disabled, Deaf and non-disabled artists, thinkers, technologists, and arts & tech lovers, from emerging artists and technologists to those who are more experienced like workshop leader Sue Austin. We would like to bring together groups of individuals who can work collaboratively to create something new and exciting.


Tea & coffee and lunch will be provided. If you would like to discuss access/dietary requirements further please contact 01392 407027.

There is also a café in the library.

Parking and access needs

There are a small number of free blue badge holder parking spaces outside Exeter Library. Please note that spaces are strictly limited (unfortunately, we can’t book them in advance).

We will reimburse public transport and mileage costs for attendees.

If you have any specific access needs, please contact us on 01392 407027.

There will be BSL interpreters at both workshop days.

About Us

Libraries Unlimited is an independent staff and community owned charity, launched in April 2016. We run 54 libraries across Devon and Torbay, four mobile libraries and a range of other services including two FabLabs, two Business and Intellectual Property Centres and three prison libraries. Our libraries serve communities across Devon and Torbay, providing access to a range of services and facilities designed to bring ideas, imagination, information, knowledge and creativity to people’s lives.

As one of six new library Arts Council England funded National Portfolio Organisations (NPO), Libraries Unlimited is working to bring an innovative programme of arts and culture to our libraries across Devon.

Our new Evolve programme looks to use new technologies to connect people with great culture and art of all types.

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