Utopian Voices Ltd
Media accessibility consultancy

About us

Who we are

Utopian Voices Ltd was founded in March 2011, under the guidance of Dr Louise Fryer and working closely with the audio description charity VocalEyes. We've gone on to work for clients including the BBC, Sense and The University of Roehampton. We've also contributed to European research projects in access and audio visual translation.


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Dr Louise Fryer

Louise began her career as an audio describer at the National Theatre in 1993. Since then she has gone on to work with a huge variety of organisations, helping to make performances, films and exhibitions accessible to people with sensory impairments. In 2014 she completed a PhD on audio description at Goldsmiths College.

Education

    Goldsmiths College

    • PhD Experimental Psychology, 2014
    • MSc Research Methods in Psychology, 2010

    University of Cambridge

    • BA(hons) Social Anthropology, 1985

    Current research

    ADLAB PRO

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    Heather Temple

    Heather graduated in Film and English from the University of Kent, and after teaching English in Italy, worked as a producer at the BBC World Service before moving into BBC Television. She is a freelance promo producer working for Discovery, Disney and the BBC.

    Heather began audio describing seven years ago. Since training with Louise Fryer at City University and gaining a certificate in Audio Description Skills (screen) from the Audio Description Association, she has been working mainly for SDI Media. Heather has participated in many training sessions relating to AD in museums as she works for Utopian Voices Ltd as a support worker and administrative assistant.

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    Zoe Partington

    Zoe has worked for the past 20 years in the heritage sector to develop new ways of addressing inclusion. She is a disabled artist with a background in business. She combines practical experience with contemporary thinking to ‘open up’ heritage and culture to new audiences. As a disabled person, she is particularly interested in how heritage professionals and museum and gallery professionals and policy makers engage with disabled people without marginalising and misrepresenting disabled people.

    • In 2012 she wrote Shifting Perspectives for galleries and museums to aid the inclusion of blind and partially sighted visitors.
    • In 2013 she developed Opening Up Culture - ten films about describing and involving new audiences in collections.
    • In 2013 she began a Transform 2016 a project in Brazil to change inclusive practice in the cultural sector. This had outstanding results and gave a strategic legacy through a comprehensive training and consultancy programme.
    • In 2014 she won a JODI digital award for a sound installation, presented at The Museums Association Conference.
    • In 2015 she gained a bursary from Arts, Council England and British Council for AIDF, International Development ward which she used to visit Australia, Tasmania galleries and universities.
    • In 2016 she began work on the 2020 Japanese Cultural Olympiad programme for inclusive and strategic planning.

    Zoe has also written about architecture and design and heritage through articles, workshops and collaborations through a group co-founded with Dr Jos Boys called Architecture Inside Out. Zoe recently supported Shape Arts to mastermind the successful Tate Exchange project called Ways of Seeing 2017. Zoe continues to work as both a conceptual artist and advisor and a trainer in both the arts and heritage sectors with considerable success.