Explore (2007-2009) was a temporary initiative to improve access to galleries by disabled and deaf people. It was funded by the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust through the Ann Rylands Special Project and ran between July 2007 and February 2009. The programme was jointly developed and managed by engage, the National Association for Gallery Education and Shape
, a London-based disability arts organisation.
Shape works with disabled and deaf artists, advise the culture sector in making their services accessible and support disabled and deaf people in attending arts venues and events. Both organisations are funded by public and private sources including Arts Council England.
The project introduced disabled people to the enjoyment of visual art and galleries, while educating and supporting galleries and artists to adopt good practice for disabled and deaf visitors.