21 May 2024, 15:00 – 17:30
Art Beyond Barriers

Venue: Royal Danish Academy, Auditorium 2, Danneskiold-Samsøes Allé 53, 1434 København K

A talk and panel debate focusing on the responsibility of access in art and cultural spaces and cultural heritage buildings in Denmark through the launch of the project ‘Mapping Disability Access to Danish Art Spaces’ by UKK Art Workers with Disabilities.

Join us in fostering a constructive dialogue between cultural institutions, architects, and artists with disabilities. Our collaborative approach is based on curiosity and empathy, about people’s needs, and about cultural heritage. The event will launch to the public the groundbreaking project by UKK Art Workers with Disabilities: Mapping disability access to Danish art spaces. A collective conversation with various stakeholders can significantly help improve the view of accessibility in art spaces and heritage buildings.


●      17:10 - Introduction by Asal Mohtashami (Building Diversity) & Sidse Grangaard (Rumsans, BUILD).

●      17:30 - Visual Presentation of “Mapping Disability Access to Danish Art Spaces”

●      18:00 - Rest break

●      18:10 - Panel debate with Nicolai Bo Andersen (Architect MAA, Professor at The Royal Academy), Adam Linde Nielsen (Architect MAA, researcher at The Royal Academy), Rhea Dall (Director and chief curator O-Overgaden), and Per Troelsen (Architect, Realdania), moderated by Maria Bee Christensen-Strynø (Assistant professor, UCPH).

●      19:00 - Open questions

●      19:30 - Drinks and food are offered

The event is free. Sign-up via Billetto.

This event is the result of a fruitful collaboration between: UKK Art Workers with Disabilities - a group working to create an environment that meets the needs of art workers with disabilities to have access to the same opportunities and resources as their able-bodied peers.

BUILD – Aalborg University Universal Design Research Group within the Department of the Built Environment researching how the built environment can be inclusive and health-promoting. This applies to all people regardless of age, gender, abilities and ethnicity.

Building Diversity, a non-profit organization working to ensure diverse and inclusive architecture for the world to live in

and O—Overgaden one of Denmark’s core institutions for experimental contemporary art. This year, O—Overgaden is focusing on experiences of illness, disability, and accessibility (and inaccessibility) through the exhibition program and activities, as well as through the process of establishing access to their listed building.


The venue is wheelchair accessible, has wheelchair-accessible toilets, & ample seating. If you have any specific access needs, questions or concerns, please, contact us and we will do our best to have them met.

Mapping Disability Access to Danish Art Spaces is generously funded by Billedkunstnernes Forbund, Dreyers Fond, Roskilde Festival Fonden, Bevica Fonden, Bikubenfonden, and Statens Kunstfond.