Meet the Accessible Arts team – Liz Martin
Liz Martin is the Arts Development and Training Manager and works to enhance opportunities for people with disability to participate in quality creative activities across all art forms. Liz also leads the disability inclusion training offered by Accessible Arts.
What attracted you to the role at Accessible Arts?
Accessible Arts combines two of my loves – art and advocacy. As a musician with disability, I’ve found art and creativity fundamentally important to my life. It’s been a place of escape and dreams when I’ve needed it, and then at the same time it’s been this incredible space that’s let me learn how to find my own voice, collaborate with others, and contribute within the community around me.
Given my personal experience, I can’t help but think people are generally better off having access to the arts as creators, makers, and audience members. And that’s all people – including people with disability. The benefits to the individual, to the local community and to society as a whole are huge. I think we’re also in an interesting place at the moment where audiences are willing and curious to hear different stories, presented in alternative ways. Audiences are becoming quite complex, and with that comes a very real space for artists with disability.
What do you do in your role?
I’m the Arts Development Manager at Accessible Arts. My role is to help enhance opportunities for people with disability to participate in quality creative activities in all art forms. That means talking with artists with disability and as well as arts organisations.
What do you do when you’re not at Accessible Arts?
I write, record and perform my own music – sometimes on my own, sometimes with others. You can check it out right here.
I’m also Associate Producer for an inclusive electronic music project called Hack Sounds operating out of 107 Projects. It’s an entry point into the world of electronic music, open to all people with or without disability. It’s very exciting and you can check it out at Hack Sounds.