Right - left: A woman is setting in a wheelchair on a stage. She is wearing a microphone headset and is speaking into it. A young man is standing on stage. He is wearing a red cloak and a wig. A woman is wearing a white shirt and a virtual reality headset on her head. A short statured woman is standing on stage in front of a red curtain. She is wearing a gold dress and holding an old-fashioned microphone in a chrome casing.

Arts Activated Conference


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Arts Activated 2021 | Aug 9 & 23 + Sep 28 | Online + Live

Ensuring the post-COVID recovery of Australia’s arts and cultural sector is inclusive of arts practitioners and audiences with disability will be the focus of our upcoming Arts Activated 2021 conference.

Due to the impact of the recent COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney, we’ve adapted our conference format and schedule. This year’s conference will feature two days of virtual only sessions on Monday 9 and 23 August, and one day of live sessions in Sydney on Tuesday 28 September. Our four FREE live sessions will be presented in partnership with the Vivid Sydney festival.

Attracting over 300 delegates, the conference is Australia’s leading arts and disability forum. Artists, arts workers, disability advocates, government workers and researchers are all being encouraged to attend to share ideas and approaches for ‘Building Back For Everyone’ which is the theme of this year’s conference.

The full program has been announced and includes over 20 sessions, workshops and events featuring several high profile Australian and international guests. Delegates will have a range of virtual and live networking options.

Registrations are available for community and industry members plus there’s a special early bird discount of 25% for delegates who purchase registrations by June 30.

Find Out More: www.artsactivated2021.com

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About Arts Activated

Arts Activated is Australia’s leading national forum for arts, culture and disability.

The biennial conference is presented by Accessible Arts in partnership with a range of industry, community, government, corporate and media partners. The 2-day event attracts over 200 delegates from all over Australia and around the world who gather to share information and ideas about advancing arts and disability, both for arts practitioners with disability and audiences with disability.

We began presenting Arts Activated in 2007 to inform, connect and activate people and organisations involved with Australia’s arts and disability sector. It’s now grown to a become an important fixture on Australia’s arts calendar attracting a diverse array of delegates including artists, arts workers, disability advocates, researchers, policymakers and other experts from across the arts, cultural and disability sectors.

The conference provides a really valuable opportunity for artists with disability to share their knowledge and experience as well as connect with other artists and arts workers from NSW, across Australia and overseas. It’s also a unique platform for people working in the arts, cultural and event sectors to share their approaches to accessibility and better understand how to increase participation in their programs, performances, exhibitions and events.


Arts Activated 2019

Taking place at Sydney Olympic Park’s Waterview centre over August 22 and 23, our recent Arts Activated 2019 conference proved to be a successful event in terms of informing, connecting and activating hundreds of people involved with Australia’s arts and disability sector. Find out more…



Image: Presenter at Arts Activated 2016 (credit: AArts)

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