A woman in a wheelchair on a stage. She is wearing a microphone headset and is speaking into it. Behind her are two people sitting at a table.

Arts Activated Conference

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.

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Arts Activated 2021 | Aug 9, 16 & 23 | Online + Live

In response to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Arts Activated 2021 conference will this year  be a mostly virtual event (but with some live components) over 3 Mondays in August: Aug, 9. 16 & 23.

We’re presenting in partnership with Western Sydney University and some other fabulous event partners who we’ll be revealing soon. Registrations will go on sale on Monday 17 May. Program details will follow shortly after.

In the meantime we’re inviting artists, arts workers & researchers to get involved as presenters, speakers or panellists. Expressions of interest are now open and close on Mon 10 May.

Submit EOI: https://aarts.net.au/news/be-part-of-arts-activated-2021-submit-your-eoi/


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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