The Supported Studio Network (SSN) is a national body that builds capacity, provides resources and strengthens connections to sustain diverse supported studio models.

What is a Supported Studio

A supported studio is a sustained creative environment that fosters and supports the individual practice of visual artists with disability.

Supported Studios:

  • Facilitate professional development and career building opportunities for artists (both individually and as a collective)

  • Provide technical artistic support

  • Promote artists in the marketplace, networks and audiences outside the disability sector

  • Demonstrate a commitment to producing and presenting work of high artistic quality

Objectives of the Network

  • Strengthen supported studios through research and information sharing

  • Promote the artistic contribution of supported studios and their artists as fundamental to contemporary arts culture

  • Respond to the development needs and growth of supported studios

  • Advocate for the recognition of artistic value of supported studios within the broader arts community

  • Foster pathways of leadership for people with disability within supported studios, the Supported Studio Network and broader arts sector


The Supported Studio Network is co-ordinated by Accessible Arts NSW in consultation with the SSN working party. Founding supporters, Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation.

Accessible Arts NSW NSW Government Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation