About the project


Engage Scotland developed the Everyone project to look at ways of improving access for disabled people to galleries in Scotland.

In England and Wales, engage had recently completed a two year project called Explore, which supported clusters of galleries to research disability equality and engage Scotland took this as a starting point to inform the Everyone project.


The Everyone project aimed to support galleries in Scotland to develop sustainable disability equality plans that would impact on their long-term accessibility for disabled people by:

  • Working with galleries who were committed to undertaking review in this area
  • Providing a programme of development support and training to devise disability equality action plans that would be sustainable following the project
  • Funding projects, participatory or research-focused, that would feed into these plans
  • Supporting involvement of disabled people at all stages of the project
  • Supporting partnerships and clusters to increase peer learning opportunities

Anticipated outcomes:

  • Galleries’ knowledge of disability equality increased
  • Galleries’ confidence in the area of disability equality increased
  • Galleries’ disability action plans improved through the involvement of disabled people
  • Galleries’ ability to welcome and provide experiences for disabled audiences improved

Project Coordination and advisory panel

Everyone was coordinated by Mairi Taylor with support from Engage Scotland Coordinator, Sarah Yearsley, and a panel of disabled people and arts and disability specialists.

The panel members were:

  • Julie M. Boswell, artist
  • Caroline Bowditch, Dancer, Performance Artist and Choreographer
  • Pum Dunbar, Artist
  • Kevin Harrison, Director, Artlink Central
  • Heather Lynch, Research Fellow, University of Stirling
  • Rosita McKenzie, freelance Blind Photographer and Disability Equality Educator
  • Stephen Palmer, Development Officer, Creative Scotland
  • Lydia Popowich, Visual Artist and Community Arts Worker
  • The project evaluator was Ruth Stevenson