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


Arts Activated 2021 | Aug 9, 16 & 23 | 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 the upcoming Arts Activated 2021 conference.

Attracting over 300 delegates, the conference is Australia’s leading arts and disability forum and will feature a mix of virtual and live sessions held over three Mondays in August – August 9, 16 and 23. The virtual sessions will be presented in partnership with Western Sydney University (WSU) and four FREE live sessions will be presented in partnership with the Vivid Sydney festival.

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 program is still being finalised but will include over 20 sessions and events featuring several high profile Australian and international guests. Delegates will have a range of virtual and live networking options including being a member of the live studio audience at WSU for the broadcast of virtual sessions.

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

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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