4 May 2024

VISITING UKS
ACCESS NOTE

Welcome to the UKS access note, where you can find more information about our accessibility. We will periodically update this access note. It was last updated on 4 May 2024.

 

GETTING HERE

We are accessible by foot, car or public transport. The bus route 37 to Nydalen currently stops 5 metres from our door (Keysers gate). Paid parking is available in the carpark on the corner of Bernhard Getz’ gate and Munchs gate, about 100 metres from UKS. Bicycles can be parked across the street by Trefoldighetskirken.

Visiting UKS is free and we do not require ID.

 

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS

UKS is accessible by wheelchair. Our front entrance is one step above street level.

Because of the status of our listed building, we have a movable ramp which we can easily install. The front door is 180 cm wide. If you want to let us know about your arrival beforehand you can email us at m.stephansen@uks.no or by phone: +47 22 19 50 50.

The exhibition space at UKS has multiple levels which are accessible by stairs and elevator.

In our current exhibition, Everyone Leans Towards Something, driving tours are available upon booking. Please see this page for more information or email Maria Stephansen for booking and questions.

 

CHILDREN AND PRAMS

Children are welcome at UKS and breastfeeding is allowed. We have a quiet space with a daybed and a lockable door. Strollers can be parked safely inside in our main entrance hall. We do not currently have a designated nappy changing area but we can help you find a suitable surface.

In Everyone Leans Towards Something, driving tours are available upon booking. Children are welcome in the cars. We do not have children’s car seats available, but you are very welcome to bring your own. Please see this page for more information or email Maria Stephansen for booking and questions.

 

ANIMALS

Service animals are allowed. To protect people with allergies we ask that you leave your pets at home unless necessary.

 

TOILETS

We have one disabled bathroom with grab bars. The toilet is located on the lower level of the exhibition space and is accessible by elevator. The room measures approximately 3 x 2.5 metres.

We also have three single-stall, all-gender bathrooms with sit-down toilets on the first floor of our building. The largest bathroom measures approximately 2 x 1.5 metres and two are smaller, approximately 1 x 1.5 metres.

 

INTERACTION

You will always be met by a UKS staff member in the reception area. They can help answer questions you might have about your visit or the exhibitions. In our current exhibition you will also be approached by one or more participants in the exhibition.

 

SOUND

Lisa Størseth Pettersen’s exhibition has two modes: active and resting. Talking is allowed during resting mode but we encourage whispering during active mode. Please see the top of this page or our website for active and resting times. There is a lot of sound in the exhibition: a stonemason and a choir are at work in the exhibition space during active hours. Our main exhibition space is very spacious with some resonance. Please be aware that the stonemason’s carvings might discharge debris during your visit.

 

LIGHT

For this exhibition most of the house is very dimly lit in coloured lighting: blue, purple and yellow lights. The rest of the building is also dimly lit. If you have special requirements, please get in touch and we will try to accommodate your needs.

 

SCENT

We are not a scent-free institution. If you require a scent-free environment, please contact us before your visit and we will do our best to accommodate you.

 

VISUAL IMPAIRMENT

We unfortunately do not currently have tactile ground surface indicators in our space. Our text material is printed on light paper in a size 10 font and is available both onsite and online. We are happy to help if you require assistance navigating our space or experiencing the exhibition.

 

QUIET SPACE

We have a small room with a curtained window and a door that locks. In the room you will find a daybed measuring 190 x 36 cm, a blanket and a pillow. The quiet space is open to both visitors and staff who need to withdraw.

 

KITCHEN

We have a kitchen that is used to prepare staff lunches and occasionally catering for visitors. We occasionally prepare meat, fish and shellfish, as well as using nuts and items containing gluten in the kitchen. Please let us know how we can accommodate your dietary requirements.

 

SEATING

Seating options at UKS include benches, folding chairs and stools but can vary depending on the exhibition. We will do our best to provide other seating if requested.

 

LANGUAGES

All our written information is produced in Norwegian and English. Parts of our website are also available in Sami. Our staff speaks Norwegian, English, Polish, Danish, Punjabi, Hindi, Persian and French. If you need help to read the texts onsite, we are happy to help.

 

PARTICIPATING IN EVENTS

Events are usually spoken in English or Scandinavian languages. If you need specific interpretation, please let us know at least one week ahead of time and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Please contact us if you have specific language needs or would like to request Norsk Tegnspråk (NTS).

Many of our live events are streamed online or documented and shared after editing. We do not currently include live captioning or transcripts for all our audiovisual productions but please do contact us if you would like this for a specific event.

If you need to move around, rest, twitch, pace or not make eye contact, know that you are welcome here.

Seating at events is usually folding chairs but other options can be made available if requested.

 

PHOTOGRAPHER AT OUR EVENTS

Please note that UKS’ events are regularly documented by a professional photographer, and photos will be published in our digital communication channels. Do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions regarding this.

 

CONTENT NOTE

For more information about the themes and content of the exhibition, please see our programme.

 

CONTACT

If you have any questions about access, UKS’ Office Manager Maria Stephansen can be contacted via email at m.stephansen@uks.no, or by phone at +47 22 19 50 50. If we don’t know the answer, we will happily research and get back to you.

 

 

* Why is this here? Known as an ‘access note’, these details are increasingly being provided by arts organisations on their websites. Access notes traditionally reflect on limits to the built environment that may impede access for persons with disabilities. UKS feels it is important to look more broadly at access and, by sharing these details, we hope to start a dialogue on the effects of other structural limitations. We would like to hear from you if you have ideas about how UKS can be more accessible.

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